Friday, January 20, 2012

South Korea removes ban on Canadian beef imports

   South Korean media reports that imports of Canadian beef into the country can resume. The government has lifted an eight year ban on Canadian beef.
    South Korea imposed the ban after Canada had a case of Mad Cow disease. Local South Korean distributors will be allowed to sell meat from Canadian cows less than 30 months old.
     Canada has always maintained that there was no scientific evidence to support the ban and has sought a WTO review of the ban. However, in June last year Canada and South Korea agreed on a plan that would remove the ban by the end of last year. Canada agreed to suspend its plans for a WTO review in return.
    South Korea was the fourth largest importer of Canadian beef before the ban. The re-opening of the market will mean millions in returns to Canadian cattle producers. For more see this CBC article.

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