Vietnamese health authorities ban sales of Kobe beef from Japan over licenses, permits


HANOI — Vietnamese authorities would seize and destroy any Kobe beef from Japan because of a lack of veterinary permits and import licenses, news reports said Wednesday. Fake documents had been presented by Japanese animal health authorities, leading to the ban on imports of the beef, Hoang Van Nam, director Vietnam’s Animal Health Department, was quoted as saying. Documents presented recently allegedly showed approval by Vietnam of Kobe beef imports, but “in reality, these are fake documents because the Animal Health Department has not licensed any agencies or businesses to import Kobe beef from Japan to Vietnam,” Nam said.

Kobe beef, one of the world’s most expensive meats, appeared more than a year ago on the menus of some restaurants in Vietnam.