Korea Delays Beef Talks With Canada

SOUTH KOREA - Bilateral talks between Korea and Canada to be held on 13 July this year to discuss the resumption of Canadian beef imports into Korea were unexpectedly delayed.
calendar icon 16 July 2010
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Meat & Livestock Australia

According to analysts at Meat and Livstock Australia, the Korean Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries notified their Canadian counterpart of the delay as more time is needed to gather data in order to hold talks effectively.

The Korean agricultural ministry plans to come up with a nationwide agreement, involving livestock and quarantine experts, producers and consumers before the talks take place.

MLA said that Canada has not exported any beef products to Korea since bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was found in Canadian livestock in May 2003. However, the World Trade Organization for Animal Health has declared Canada "a controlled BSE risk" country since 2007.

Korea is currently reviewing its plan regarding Canadian beef imports after the Canadian government took the issue to the World Trade Organisation for settlement of the dispute.

The Korean government is anticipating further discussions with Canadian officials in August this year.

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