Korea Finding No Fault in U.S. Beef Shipments

Inspections have yielded no bone chips or unacceptable dioxin levels since South Korea began accepting U.S. beef shipments in late April.

After South Korea began importing shipments of U.S. beef last year for the first time since banning it in late 2003 due to mad cow concerns, the first three shipments of 22.3 tons of U.S. beef were rejected when bone chips were found. But since late April, Korea has accepted four shipments totaling 20 tons "without a hitch," according to the National Veterinary Research and Quarantine Service.

The service says that 20 tons more of U.S. beef, from six shipments, is undergoing or awaiting inspections. 100 more tons of U.S. beef should arrive this month, the service says, and it expects to receive 5,000 tons per month starting in June.

The countries plan to hold talks after late May about Korea accepting bone-in beef shipments.

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