S. Korean Import Of U.S. Beef Likely To Resume Next Week

SEOUL - South Korea's import of beef from the United States is highly likely to resume next week, three years and five months after imports were originally banned over a mad cow disease scare, agricultural officials said Thursday.
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"It was confirmed that the U.S. authorities are scheduled to issue a quarantine certificate for the export of 10 tons of beef around tomorrow," said an official at the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. "If things go as scheduled, the beef shipment will arrive in South Korea by plane around Monday."

South Korea's quarantine authorities said they plan to conduct an X-ray inspection to see if the shipment is of boneless beef from cattle under 30 months old, a condition for imports agreed upon between the two countries in January 2006.

If any bone chips are found in the shipment, the authorities will send back only the packages containing chips -- but not the entire shipment -- as Seoul had proposed during high-level agricultural talks in February, according to the officials.

Source: YonhapNews
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