US Beef On Full-Scale Sale In South Korea Next Month

SOUTH KOREA - Almost all major South Korean retail chains are set to begin selling US beef next month despite protests by activists, a report said on Tuesday.
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US beef in Seoul

About 20 department stores and discount outlets plan to put US beef on their store shelves on August 9, Yonhap news agency said.

By working together, they hope to deflect attacks by civic groups and cattle farmers, it said.

"There is an agreement to carry out joint promotional campaigns to reduce the backlash associated with selling US beef," an unnamed discount store manager was quoted as saying.

Lotte, the country's largest retail chain, began selling US beef in its 53 discount outlets last Friday.

But activists, who claim the meat carries a risk of mad cow disease, scattered cow dung and scuffled with riot police, forcing Lotte to stop sales in six outlets.

South Korea suspended two US shipments after two packs of beef ribs, which cannot be imported into Korea, were found among a shipment on May 25.

The temporary ban was lifted after the United States promised to honour an earlier accord to ship only boneless meat.

Source: Channel News Asia

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