Quarantine Officials Says Complete U.S. Beef Ban Possible

SOUTH KOREA - A Korean quarantine official said on Wednesday Seoul may suspend all American beef imports following last month's discovery of ribs in U.S. beef shipments to the country.
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Seoul bans all U.S. beef that contain bones.

Authorities have temporarily halted inspections of U.S. beef and are said to be waiting for the results of a U.S. investigation into just why ribs were shipped to Korea.

Earlier U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns explained that 66 tons of U.S. beef including the two boxes of ribs that arrived in Korea last month had been processed for home consumption but were mislabeled for export.

Now depending on the outcome of the inquiry Korea may decide to suspend all U.S. beef imports.

Source: Chosun Ilbo

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