U.S. Admits To Shipping Unauthorized Beef Parts To South Korea

SOUTH KOREA - The United States acknowledged Wednesday that it shipped animal parts to South Korea that are currently banned due to a mad cow disease scare.
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Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said one box of U.S. beef that reached Seoul last weekend contained backbone that should have been removed.

"My hope is that there isn't a ban on U.S. beef or anything like that," he told reporters. He did not say which company shipped the material.

The vertebral column is considered a high-risk bone material linked to the cause of mad cow disease.

South Korea in January last year lifted a ban of more than two years on all American beef, citing health concerns after the discovery of the mad cow disease at a U.S. cattle farm. But it agreed only to resume imports of boneless products from animals age 30 months or younger.

Source: Yonhap News
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