will send a team of inspectors to the United States later this month to ensure
that export-eligible slaughterhouses are meeting the requirements of a new
bilateral beef trade pact.
"They are to check if the facilities can safely remove SRMs and properly control the age of animals that can be
slaughtered for export to South Korea," a South Korean official told Yonhap News.
The revised pact allows U.S.
slaughterhouses to export beef from cattle younger than 30 months of age, so
long as certain specified risk materials are removed. USDA's "Less than
30 Month Age-Verification Quality System Assessment (QSA) Program" took
effect June 26.
USDA Press Secretary Keith Williams told Meatingplace.com the visit was
"normal protocol" and "to be expected." An exact schedule
and a listing of the plants the Korean inspectors will check are among other
details still under discussion.