U.S. beef exporters respond to statement from Korea Import Beef Association
June 30, 2008
On June 20, 2008, the Korea Import Beef Association released a statement declaring that while the importers believe that U.S. beef from cattle of 30 months of age and over is safe, as a transitional measure in response to current market conditions, they will only import U.S. beef from cattle less than 30 months. In the statement they also requested that U.S. beef exporters ask the U.S. government to verify that U.S. beef exported to Korea meets this request by the importers.
To this end, and to meet the desires of Korean customers, the three associations representing the U.S. beef industry delivered a letter June 20 to the Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer and U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab stating the following: