South Korea lifts suspension of six U.S. meat plants

by Editor
Thursday, June 28, 2007

The suspension of six U.S. meat plants that resulted from third-parties independently purchasing and shipping unauthorised beef products has been lifted.

The decision was made by the government of South Korea, Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns announced.

He also said that the U.S. Department of Agriculturre has taken action to ensure compliance with Korean import requirements in the United States and Korea recognised these efforts. Despite some start-up problems, beef exports to Korea are rapidly increasing.

U.S. exporters have sold more than 500 tons of U.S. beef to South Korea so far this year.

Johanns also announced that a U.S. delegation is in Japan to begin technical discussions, the next step in the process to more fully open the Japanese market to U.S. beef and beef products.