June 30, 2008


South Korea resumes quarantine inspections of US beef

South Korea has resumed quarantine inspections of US beef on Friday (June 27, 2008) with the product expected to hit the shelves as early as this week. 


Inspectors went to nine warehouses where US beef are in frozen storage and took sample packages for examination, according to the National Veterinary Research and Quarantine Service (NVRQS).


According to the new import agreement, South Korea can inspect up to 3 percent of all US beef packages compared to 1 percent of Australian and New Zealand packages.


The 13 shipments of beef that are being checked should clear quarantine in about three days and be turned over to importers if there are no problems, an official said.


Meanwhile, the Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said new beef imports that meet updated guidelines may not reach South Korea for at least a month as the US meatpackers require a minimum of two weeks to set up an age-verification quality system assessment programme for shipments to South Korea


In the new import agreement, the US has agreed not to export beef from cattle that are 30 months or older.


Beef packages containing US bone-in beef like T-bone steaks, cow bones, tails and tongue may arrive around the end of July or early August, according to the Ministry.

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