S.Korea Bans US Beef Plant After Bones Found Again

SOUTH KOREA - South Korea will permanently block imports from a U.S. beef plant after finding bones in a second shipment in violation of an export agreement with Washington, the Agriculture Ministry said on Tuesday.
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At present, Seoul allows only imports of boneless U.S. beef from cattle less than 30 months old.

Ribs were found in a 15.5-tonne shipment from the plant, which already had been temporarily banned after it sent short bones in July, the ministry said in a statement.

The plant is owned by Swift & Co., said a ministry official who declined to be named.

South Korea will return the beef and will revoke the export permit from the plant.

South Korea, once the third-largest importer of U.S. beef, resumed on Aug. 27 quarantine inspections of U.S. beef after suspending them for a month following the discovery of a prohibited spinal column in a shipment.

Source: Yahoo! Asia News

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