Korea May Allow Canadian Beef Imports By June

KOREA - South Korea may lift its eight-year ban on Canadian beef imports by the end of June, according to Korea's Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister speaking in the JoongAng Daily.
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The Korean Government reported that this decision is part of major changes in its grain growing and import policies in the face of rising global food prices, according to analysts at Meat and Livestock Australia.

The Korean Farm Minister stated that they will most likely allow meat from Canadian cattle less than 30 months, with restrictions remaining in place on cattle by-products - similar to current limitations imposed for US imports (JoongAng Daily).

In August 2009, the World Trade Organization (WTO) formed a three-man dispute panel at the request of Canada, after Korea continued its firm stance not to allow Canadian beef into the country due to BSE fears.

However, the Korean government stated that a decision will now most likely come through bilateral talks, instead of a WTO ruling.

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