S. Korean broadcasters says sorry for exaggerating threat of U.S. beef


By Tom Johnston on 8/15/2008


Source of Article:  http://www.meatingplace.com


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.

The apology followed an order by the Korea Communications Commission, the country's communications watchdog. Earlier, the Seoul Southern District Court ordered the network to air a correction. (See Court orders South Korean network to correct misleading statements on U.S. beef on Meatingplace.com, Aug. 1, 2008.)

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.



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