South Korea to conduct inspections on Canadian beef plants
South Korea will send inspectors within the next month for on-site inspections of Canadian beef exporters, signaling momentum for a new trade agreement between the two countries.
Korea's agreement to conduct the inspections came after two days of technical talks that ended Tuesday, 04 November 2008 in Seoul.
The conclusion, according to Korean media outlets such as The Chosun Ilbo, was that Seoul would accept from Canada beef derived from cattle younger than 30 months of age. Canada had been pushing for access for all parts and ages.
Negotiations on the details of the protocol, including banned parts such as specified risk materials, qualifications for beef processing plants and measures or protection against bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow disease), are to continue once the inspections begin.