Sometimes. This is a case where labeling really matters. If Wagyu beef is labeled as “Fullbood”, it is identical to the beef produced in Japan. If your Wagyu lacks the fullblood label it is a hybrid of Japanese and European cattle. These forms of modified Wagyu beef were developed in the late 1990s as a way to produce something similar to the authentic Japanese variety in the face of export bans. These hybrid forms of Wagyu are not as boldly flavored, nor as tender as fullblood varieties. Fareway Meat Market proudly carries Feddersen Fullblood Wagyu Beef that is raised and produced in Iowa. This superior product offers you the authentic Japanese Wagyu experience that the hybrid varieties just cannot match.