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No. 363, December 1999

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Japanese Companies in the US


FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS

In a further diversification of its U.S. agricultural operations, ITOCHU CORP. has introduced in California a feed additive developed by CALPIS CO., LTD. Calsporin is a beneficial bacterial product that is said to lower the incidence of salmonella in poultry. It also reportedly reduces the presence of other harmful bacteria found in the intestines of livestock. Itochu subsidiary QUALITY TRADERS INC. is handling sales, which it plans to extend nationwide. The Cincinnati, Ohio company believes that Calsporin can develop into a $19 million to $28.6 million business in the United States in three or four years.

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