Pressure on SKorea to lift ban on US beef

April 12, 2008

U.S. beef entered the Korean market in April last year for the first time since the 2003 ban, but all imports were suspended in October after shipments violated the quarantine regulations.
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The United States pressed South Korea to fully open its beef market as the two sides resumed talks Friday over Seoul’s ban on American beef over concerns of mad cow disease, an official said.

South Korea responded it will determine its position on the U.S. demand after discussing the issue with experts, said Oh Sun-min, an official at the Agriculture Ministry. The two countries will meet again Monday, he added.

The negotiations were the first since October, when the U.S. failed to get South Korea to lift an import ban slapped on earlier that month after shipments contained parts banned over concerns of mad cow disease that authorities believe can be dangerous to humans.

The talks came days before South Korea’s new President Lee Myung-bak heads to the U.S. for his first summit with President George W. Bush, where the two leaders are expected to discuss both the beef ban and a broader deal to further open up trade.

The U.S. says a resolution of the beef dispute is needed for congressional leaders in Washington to back a free trade accord that the two countries signed last year.

Seoul agreed in 2006 to import boneless U.S. meat from cattle less than 30 months old believed to be safer from mad cow disease partially lifting an almost three-year ban imposed on American beef after the brain-wasting disease was discovered in the U.S.

U.S. beef entered the Korean market in April last year for the first time since the 2003 ban, but all imports were suspended in October after shipments violated the quarantine regulations.

The U.S. has demanded South Korea fully open its beef market, saying American beef has been certified as safe by the Paris-based World Organization for Animal Health.

But South Korea has insisted it will maintain quarantine regulations, citing concerns over mad cow disease.

South Korean media reported Friday that Seoul and Washington will strike a deal on the beef issue next week as a result of the ongoing talks. The South Korean Agriculture Ministry, however, declined to comment on prospects for the talks.

Scientists believe mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy, spreads when farmers feed cattle recycled meat and bones from infected animals. Eating meat from infected animals is also believed to be linked to the rare but fatal brain-wasting human variant, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

South Korea was the third-largest foreign market for American beef before it banned imports in December 2003.
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One Response to “Pressure on SKorea to lift ban on US beef”


  1. […] also: Pressure on SKorea to lift beef ban Posted by annierichardson Filed in Government, Health, World Tags: Mad Cow, South Korea, US […]


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