Another US Beef Shipment Mistakenly Exported To SKorea

SOUTH KOREA - Another shipment of U.S. beef was mistakenly exported to South Korea, an official said Tuesday, less than two weeks after Seoul lifted a brief ban on American beef imposed after two similar cases.
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Seoul reopened its market to American beef last year following a three-year ban due to mad cow fears.

Only boneless meat from cattle under 30 months old, which are considered less at risk from the disease, are accepted. Beef meant for the U.S. domestic market, which may contain banned parts, cannot be exported to South Korea.

Four boxes of beef, weighing about 130 kilograms (286.6 pounds), were mistakenly sent to South Korea as samples on June 2, although they were meant for domestic consumption, said Kim Do-soon, an official with South Korea's Agriculture and Forestry Ministry.

The U.S. Agriculture Department has informed Seoul of the latest mistaken shipment, Kim said.

Two U.S. meat plants, run by Tyson Foods Inc., processed the beef and have been suspended from handling meat bound for South Korea, the official said.

It was the third time in less than a month that the United States has mistakenly exported beef meant for domestic consumption. South Korea slapped a de facto ban on U.S. beef imports earlier this month after two shipments, which arrived in late May, were meant for domestic consumption.

The ban was lifted days later after Washington assured Seoul that the two shipments were mistakenly exported.

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