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From: TSS ()
Subject: SKorea, US End Beef Talks Without Deal
Date: October 12, 2007 at 2:56 pm PST

Oct. 12, 2007, 6:48AM

SKorea, US End Beef Talks Without Deal

By HYUNG-JIN KIM Associated Press Writer
© 2007 The Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea and the United States ended two days of beef trade talks without any agreement Friday, as the sides remained at odds over Washington's call for a greater access to the Asian nation, an official said.

The U.S. demanded South Korea fully open its beef market, while the Asian nation insisted it will maintain quarantine regulations citing concerns over mad cow disease, said an official at the South Korean Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, who participated in the talks.

"There were still differences and we confirm them from the talks," said the official, requesting anonymity, citing a ministry policy.

The talks came on the heels of the decision by South Korea to suspend all American beef imports last week after inspectors found banned bones in a recent shipment.

South Korea agreed last year to import only boneless U.S. meat from cattle less than 30 months old _ believed to be safer from the disease _ partially lifting an almost three-year ban imposed on American beef after the brain-wasting disease was discovered in the U.S.

The U.S. has pressed for a greater opening of the South Korean beef market, citing a ruling by the World Organization for Animal Health this year that the U.S. was a "controlled risk nation," a category that means countries can export beef irrespective of the animal's disease.

The U.S. has said the ruling is a proof that American beef is safe.

Scientists believe mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy, spreads when farmers feed cattle recycled meat and bones from infected animals. The disease is also believed to be linked to the rare but fatal brain-wasting human variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

South Korea was the third-largest foreign market for American beef before it banned U.S. imports in December 2003.

flounder wrote:
The Koreans have every right to be concerned with mad cow disease in the USA.
Especially since this administration has done every thing they could to cover mad cow disease up, especially the atypical h-BASE strain documented in Texas and Alabama. Course, the USDA has systematically played this down in the media. they dont tell you there is great concern for the h-BASE mad cow strain and it's relations to human as in the sporadic CJD type. you probably have not heard of the latest 5 documented cases of the Nor-98 atypical scrapie cases documented in the USA in 2007 either, and there potential ramifications to transmission to humans as the sporadic CJD sub-type. your probably not aware either that CWD is literally at the border of Texas, just across in New Mexico. TSE knows no boundaries. nope, just cannot blame the Koreans. there just trying to protect there consumers, unlike what the USA does, here, it's all about trade, and the BSE MRR policy, the legal trading of all strains of TSE. ...

***PLEASE NOTE IN USA CJD UPDATE AS AT JUNE 2007, please note steady
increase in ''TYPE UNKNOWN''. ...TSS

1 Acquired in the United Kingdom; 2 Acquired in Saudi Arabia; 3 Includes 17 inconclusive and 9 pending (1 from 2006, 8 from 2007); 4 Includes 17
non-vCJD type unknown (2 from 1996, 2 from 1997, 1 from 2001, 1 from 2003, 4 from 2004, 3 from
2005, 4 from 2006) and 36 type pending (2 from 2005, 8 from 2006, 26 from 2007)

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