Nelson Seeks Firings Over Beef Slip-Ups

US - Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska wants heads to roll over recent mistakes relating to U.S. beef exports to South Korea.
calendar icon 22 June 2007
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Ben Nelson

Nelson called on U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns to take action against whoever is responsible for the slip-ups, which involved mistakenly sending beef to Korea that was meant for domestic consumption.

"I hope that Secretary Johanns suspends, fires, retires or does something to the people who can't get this right, including somebody at the top," Nelson said.

Two recent shipments to South Korea included products not in compliance with existing export agreements with that country.

The situation with South Korea has been delicate since Seoul shut its market to U.S. beef in 2003 over mad cow fears.

South Korea agreed to partially reopen its market last year but refused to accept any beef shipments containing bone matter. The first three shipments were rejected after the South Koreans claimed to find tiny bone fragments.

Source: Omaha World-Herald

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