S. Korea to check Nebraska Beef product for E. coli

 

By Tom Johnston on 8/13/2008

 

Source of Article: www.meatingplace.com

 

South 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 News.

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.

 

 

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