Posted: 5/4/2012 11:43:12 PM
QUOTE Originally Posted by in_the_black:
If you are in the US,and it appears you are,it is not Japanese kobe beef.You cannot buy real "kobe"anywhere in the states.It's one of the biggest food scams going.
You may have had an imitation from the Midwest, Great Plains, South
America or Australia, where they produce a lot of what I call “Faux-be”
beef. You may have even had a Kobe imposter from Japan before 2010. It
is now illegal to import (or even hand carry for personal consumption)
any Japanese beef. Before 2010 you could import only boneless fresh
Japanese beef, but none was real Kobe. Under Japanese law, Kobe beef can
only came from Hyogo prefecture (of which Kobe is the capital city),
where no slaughterhouses were approved for export by the USDA. According
to its own trade group, the Kobe Beef Marketing & Distribution Promotion Association in
Japan, where Kobe Beef is a registered trademark, Macao is the only
place it is exported to – and only since last year. If you had real Kobe
beef in this country in recent years, someone probably smuggled it in
was actually called Wagyu beef. I just called it Kobe beef because typically people have not heard of wagyu beef.
either way it is beside the point. I was just making a point occasionally we spend a little more to get something "nicer than what we typically get" to make dinner at home.