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AMI Hopes Shipment of Beef to Korea is Sign of New Cooperation on U.S. Beef Imports

Friday, April 27, 2007

The American Meat Institute said it hopes a shipment of U.S. beef that cleared Korean customs is a sign of new cooperation on U.S. beef imports. The Korean Chief of the National Veterinary Research and Quarantine Service announced that the 6.4 tons of beef shipped to Korea last week passed all examinations and the meat will be released into commerce within the next few days.

"We are pleased to see that the shipment from Kansas-based Creekstone Farms has cleared customs and that Korean customers can again begin to enjoy U.S. beef," AMI President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle said in a statement released to U.S. and Korean media. “This is a good development in normalizing our beef trade and we look forward to continued shipments of U.S. beef arriving in the Korean marketplace.”

The Institute has stated it will support the pending U.S.-Korean Free Trade Agreement after U.S. beef trade is normalized.

“U.S. beef is among the safest and most affordable in the world,” Boyle said. “We believe we have earned Korea’s trust and we home that Korean consumers will soon have wide access to our products, which offer a delicious and economical choice in the marketplace.”

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