South Korea to Give Green Light to Zilmax Beef from June

SOUTH KOREA – South Korea will begin allowing a limited level of Zilmax in beef from June, according to media reports.
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The decision follows a pledge made by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs last October that restrictions on the banned feed additive would be relaxed, reports Reuters.

Son Seong-wan, a director at the Ministry, told Reuters that beef muscle containing Zilmax at levels of 1 part per billion and beef liver containing five parts per billion would be approved.

This is lower than two parts per billion permitted in Canada and 12 parts per billion in the US, he added.

The ban on Zilmax – Zilpaterol Hydropchloride - is widespread and came late last summer when reports from slaughter yards raised alarm bells over ‘non-ambulatory’ cattle.

Product manufacturer Merck Animal Health is running comprehensive tests on the safety of the product, aimed at adding lean muscle towards the end of the feedlot stage.

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