Korea-U.S. Beef Talks Collapse

SOUTH KOREA - Seoul and Washington failed to narrow the gap over imports of U.S. beef during two-day technical consultations at the National Veterinary Research Quarantine Service in Ahnyang, Gyeonggi Province that ended Thursday. The talks ended without agreement on the safety of bone fragments discovered in all shipments of U.S. beef.
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Korea halted the just-resumed import of U.S. beef after finding bone chips, which are banned from import due to fears of mad cow disease, in the shipments. Seoul returned all of them under an agreement that admits only boneless beef from cattle under 30 months old into Korea. The U.S. says that is unreasonable since the bone fragments are from parts of the animal not considered a high risk of spreading BSE. Korea says there is no scientific evidence one way or the other.

Source: english.chosun.com
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