August 11, 2004



South Korea's Pork Imports Surge As Consumers Shun Beef


South Korea's pork imports surged in the first six months of the year as consumers sought substitutes for beef after the discovery of mad cow disease last year, a local trade promotion agency said Wednesday.


Increased pork consumption was also attributed to growing demand for low-priced goods, the Korea International Trade Association (KITA) said. South Korean consumers remain cautious after a credit binge left many with large debts.

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