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From: TSS (216-119-132-29.ipset12.wt.net)
Subject: S. KOREA STICKS WITH SCIENCE FOR NOW, USA BEEF BAN HOLDS !
Date: November 12, 2004 at 10:49 am PST

S.Korea keeps US beef ban, to resume orange imports
SEOUL, Nov 12 (Reuters) South Korea will continue to ban the import of U.S. beef and poultry, but will start importing U.S. oranges by the end of the year or early 2005, the foreign ministry said today.

South Korea bought more than 700 million dollar worth annually of U S beef until the first U S case of ''mad cow'' disease in late 2003. It was the U S' third-biggest beef importer.

''We cannot rashly resume (beef) imports as it is a matter of public health and food safety,'' Cho Tae-yul, director general of the ministry's bilateral trade bureau, told a news briefing.

Cho participated in talks with U S trade officials on Wednesday and yesterday in Seoul. The countries hold regular quarterly meetings to discuss trade issues.

Cho said South Korea would resume the import of U.S. oranges in coming months.

In April, South Korea banned orange imports from the Tulare and Fresno areas of California due to the presence of fungi. Shipments from the two areas made up more than four-fifths of South Korea's total annual orange imports.

Last month, U S negotiators secured agreement from its top buyer, Japan, to resume some U.S. beef sales. Taiwan said last month it was broadly satisfied U.S. beef was safe, but wanted to inspect U.S.

slaughterhouses before lifting the import ban.

South Korea has never had a registered case of mad cow disease, a fatal brain-wasting illness that scientists believe can be transferred to humans who eat contaminated meat.

Seoul has warned U.S. exporters it would be cautious in reopening its markets to countries that have been affected by the disease.

''The U S side has asked us to resolve this matter quickly through meetings of experts and the agriculture ministry is considering holding such meetings,'' Cho said.

Cho said more talks would be needed before poultry imports could be resumed from the United States.

Seoul had banned U S poultry imports earlier this year after some chickens in Texas were diagnosed with bird flu, the same disease that had prompted the U S to ban Korean poultry imports.

Late in October, Seoul agreed to discuss the bilateral resumption of poultry imports at expert meetings.

''Quarantine experts from the two countries will continue to discuss hygiene requirements of (poultry) imports,'' Cho said.

http://www.deepikaglobal.com/ENG4_sub.asp?ccode=ENG4&newscode=80810

''We cannot rashly resume (beef) imports as it is a matter of public health and food safety,'' Cho Tae-yul, director general of the ministry's bilateral trade bureau, told a news briefing. old cho has his chit together on TSE science. gw don't know chit from chinola
about TSE science. gw is 'embedded' with the industry, got to pay back
his contributioners...TSS



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