South Korea to Import Uruguayan Beef

SOUTH KOREA - The Korean Ministry of Agriculture has said that it expects to be importing Uruguayan beef as early as October 2012, reports Meat and Livestock Australia.
calendar icon 8 August 2012
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Meat & Livestock Australia

Uruguayan processing facilities are expected to be approved following on-site inspections. Korea will only import boneless beef.

In 2001, Uruguay exported only small volumes of beef to Korea, but exports stopped after an outbreak of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD).

A Korean Government official stated that MIFAFF shared the information regarding the resumption of Uruguayan beef imports with Korean producer groups, consumer groups and veterinary professors at the National Livestock Health Control Council meeting earlier this year, with no particular objections raised.

Uruguay currently exports around 300,000 tonnes cwt of beef annually to various countries. Last month, Korea announced it will allow imports of Chilean beef, following its compliance with Korean import health requirements. Both countries would join Australia, US, New Zealand, Canada and Mexico in an increasingly competitive Korean beef market.

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