Through The Static

June 13, 2008

Squashing the Beef in S. Korea

Filed under: Activism,Food,Government,Health,Politics,World News — disciplepete @ 3:56 pm

More on the beef thang, from Al Jazeera:

The US government says it will encourage US beef exporters to label meat showing the age of cows slaughtered in a bid to ease tensions in South Korea.

Protesters have been demonstrating in Seoul for weeks over a new trade deal that would resume beef imports from the US five years after a ban was imposed…

…Such an approach could be a way to address anger in South Korea without altering an April agreement that fully resumes beef imports that were banned after a case of mad cow disease was detected in the US in 2003…

Protesters have given the government a June 20 deadline to come up with a better deal on the US beef imports…

Ben Nelson, a Democrat from the cattle-producing state of Nebraska, opposed banning older cattle, saying the move might prompt other countries to demand such concessions.

“They created the problem; they’re going to have to find solutions,” he said, blaming the South Korean government for successfully stoking fears that US beef was unsafe.




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