SOUTH KOREA, Seoul. South Korea's agriculture ministry said that it has strengthened inspections on U.S. beef imports after a mad cow disease case was reported in the United States.
A six-year-old cow in Florida tested positive for the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), marking the sixth mad cow case in the United States since 2003.
The ministry has requested the US Department of Agriculture for additional information on the mad cow case. South Koreans are sensitive to the mad cow disease, which can cause the fatal Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans. Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in 2008 to protest against US beef imports on growing worry about the mad cow disease.