Johnston on 8/13/2008
Source of Article: www.meatingplace.com
Korea said Tuesday it will intensify
inspections of ground beef imported from Nebraska Beef Ltd., following the
Omaha, Neb.-based company's eventual recall of 2,400 tons of ground beef due
to E. coli O157:H7 concerns.
Inspectors will check all ground beef imports from Nebraska Beef for E. coli
for five successive imports, the Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and
Fisheries said, according to Yonhap
Nebraska Beef operates one of the 30 U.S.
slaughterhouses that are eligible to export meat to South Korea.
Seoul also has
asked USDA to provide updates about the recall and what steps have been taken
to prevent E. coli from entering the food chain.
This fallout from the Nebraska Beef recall does little to help convince the
queasier portion of the South Korean populace, just settling down from an
uproar over the recent resumption of U.S.
beef imports, that U.S.
beef is safe.
Knowing how historically sensitive South Korea
is on the subject, U.S.
officials said they currently would not push Seoul
to revise its import protocol to expand beyond U.S. beef from cattle younger
than 30 months of age.
The two countries agreed to that limit in June. The original deal, struck in
April, would have allowed for U.S.
beef from cattle of all ages, but the concept sent masses of Koreans to the
streets in protest on fears of bovine spongiform encephalopathy.