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Bones Found in 2nd U.S. Beef Shipment

Posted December. 02, 2006 07:27,   

Updated January. 04, 2018 16:01


More bone fragments have been found in American beef bound for Korea.

Korea recently resumed imports of American beef after a recent similar incident. Again, the government plans to send the entire shipment back or discard it.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry reported yesterday that U.S. beef does not meet import quarantine criteria. While investigating the 3.2 ton shipment that arrived at Incheon International Airport on November 23, a bone fragment was detected.

In accordance with this, the shipment, which was shipped from a slaughterhouse in Nebraska, will be sent back or discarded, and the import permission for the corresponding slaughterhouse will be repealed.

Kang Moon-il, chief of the National Veterinary Research and Quarantine Service, stated at an urgent briefing, 밫hree bone pieces have been discovered inside the two boxes of sirloin upon a thorough investigation by an x-ray material detector.?

The measures of the bone fragments found were 13??mm, 7??mm and 22??mm, respectively.

Chief Kang explained, 밯e assume that these bone fragments become lodged into the meat while processing the beef. It is unlikely that these fragments are considered as specified risk materials that are known to cause the mad cow disease.?

Previously, quarantine officials imposed a ban after they found a tiny piece of bone fragment among an 8.9 ton amount of imported beef from the U.S. in late October.

Under the sanitary clauses that both Korea and the U.S. have agreed upon regarding imported goods this past January, a meat containing specified risk materials, such as from the spinal cord, will be classified as import-banned items. In other cases, even if the bone fragment does not include any risk materials, such goods will be sent back or discarded as well. As for the involved workplaces in the U.S., an import ban will be consequently imposed.

While the U.S. was critical of the harsh quarantine rules of Korea, Chief Kang responded by saying, 밫aiwan also had sent back U.S. imported beef after a bone fragment was detected in April this year.?

Meanwhile, the third shipment of U.S. imported beef, an amount of 10 tons, waits to pass through customs after arriving at Incheon International Airport. This time, however, it has been reported that the entire shipment went through an x-ray detection process in the U.S. before departing for Korea.