The American Meat Institute (AMI) today applauded news that the U.S. and South Korea have reached an agreement to resume beef trade.
AMI commended U.S.
negotiators for their efforts to communicating
the interlocking safeguards in place in the
United States that make the U.S. beef supply
among the safest in the world.
Resumption of trade is a long overdue
but very welcome development,” said AMI
President J. Patrick Boyle. “The facts
clearly demonstrate U.S. beef safety. We are
gratified that now consumers in Korea will soon
have access to our products.”
with South Korea ceased in 2003 after the U.S.
announced its first case of BSE in an imported
cow. The U.S. began an enhanced surveillance
program to determine if more cases existed in
the U.S. herd. Nearly 750,000 tests have been
run as part of the enhanced surveillance
program and only two additional cases have been
found, leading U.S. officials to conclude that
the risk of BSE in the U.S. is so low it is
Prior to cessation
of trade, U.S. beef exports to Korea were
valued at $1 billion a year.
that the protracted negotiations with Korea and
ongoing challenges in resuming trade with other
nations since 2003 point to the need for global
harmonization of trade rules according to the
standards set by the World Animal Health
American Meat Institute Applauds Long-Awaited Beef Trade Deal With South KoreaThursday, April 17, 2008
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