Seoul-based Munhwa Broadcasting
Company has issued a public apology over its erroneous report on the danger
of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, which triggered massive protests against
the government's resumption of U.S. beef imports.
MBC admitted it made six translation errors in the reporting of a story on
the death of a young American woman. The story involved an interview of the
girl's mother who suspected, according to MBC's
translation, that her daughter succumbed to variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob
Disease, the human form of BSE.
The network also conceded it mistakenly identified images of nonambulatory cattle as animals infected with BSE.
USDA reports beef sales to South
Korea have risen
rapidly. For the last week of July, for example, beef exports were reported
at 2,300 metric tons, which represents the largest volume in the past year.