SEOUL, South Korea — Two major South Korean retailers abeyant sales of U.S. beef afterward the analysis of mad cow ache in a U.S. dairy cow.
Home Plus and Lotte Mart, the country’s No. 2 and No. 3 bazaar chains, said they accept “temporarily” apoplectic sales of U.S. beef to calm worries amid South Koreans.
“We chock-full sales from today,” said a Lotte Mart spokesman. “Not that there were any affection issues in the meat but because consumers are worried.”
Market baton E-Mart said it hasn’t pulled U.S. beef from its shelves and is cat-and-mouse for the government’s response. Lotte Department Store said it had apoplectic sales.
South Korea is the world’s fourth-largest importer of U.S. beef.
South Korean agronomics officialsare because whether to formally append commitment of U.S. beef to aliment by awkward apprehension inspections, which would anticipate the meat from allowance customs.
The new case of mad cow ache is the aboriginal in the U.S. back 2006. It was apparent in a dairy cow in California, but bloom authorities said Tuesday the beastly was never a blackmail to the nation’s aliment supply.
The adulterated cow, the fourth anytime apparent in the U.S., was begin as allotment of an Agronomics Department surveillance programthat tests about 40,000 beasts a year for the baleful academician disease.
South Korea aboriginal imposed an acceptation ban on U.S. beef in 2003 afterwards mad cow ache was detected in a U.S. cow. The country aerial the ban in 2008 but faced a huge clamor from the accessible and months of candlelight protests.
The country alien 107,000 bags of U.S. beef account $563 actor in 2011.
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