U.S. respond to statement from Korea Beef Association

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Korea Import Beef Association released a statement declaring that they will only import U.S. beef from cattle less than 30 months.

Although the importers believe that U.S. beef from cattle of 30 months of age and over is safe, they intend to respond to current market conditions as a transitional measure.

In the statement they also requested that U.S. beef exporters ask the U.S. government to verify that U.S. beef exported to Korea meets this request by the importers.

To this end, and to meet the desires of our Korean customers, the three associations representing the U.S. beef industry (U.S. Meat Export Federation, American Meat Institute and National Meat Association) delivered a letter to the Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer and U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab stating “the U.S. beef industry is prepared to limit exports to Korea to only products from cattle less than 30 months of age under a programme verified by USDA as a transitional measure to full market opening consistent with O.I.E. guidelines.”