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Statement of the American Meat Institute on South Korea's Rejection of U.S. Beef Shipment

Friday, December 1, 2006

We agree with the Secretary of Agriculture’s comments that the government of South Korea has not provided true market access for U.S. beef. South Korea’s standards are commercially unachievable and offer no opportunity for resumption of beef trade between our nations.

It is time that all nations adhere to international animal health standards set by the Office of International Epizootics when trading in meat products. If South Korea abided by these standards, their citizens would have access to U.S. beef, which is among the safest in the world.

For more information contact:
David Ray
Vice President, Public Affairs
Janet Riley
Sr. Vice President, Public Aff

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