South Korea urged to adopt BSE safeguards


By Tom Johnston on 11/28/2008


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While South Korea has cited fears of bovine spongiform encephalopathy as its rationale for banning imports of beef from the United States and Canada, Seoul still has not established its own regulatory measures to protect against the disease.

"South Korea is classified into the category of countries with undetermined BSE risk, while countries such as the United States and Canada are sorted as controlled risk countries," Lee Sung-shik, head of the Korean Society of Veterinary Services, said, according to Yonhap News. "Although [BSE] never occurred in South Korea, we should not neglect the standard set by the international community."

Jean-Luc Angot, deputy director general of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), also has publicly urged Seoul to submit documents required for a BSE risk assessment. He contended the country's capabilities to systematically control the disease, as opposed to the number of reported cases, will determine its risk classification.


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