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USA: authorities calm importing countries after BSE case

US officials have taken steps to calm Asian governments after a case of BSE in California renewed fears about US beef. In 2003, importers such as Japan and South Korea banned imports of US products, which led to a 75% drop in exports the following year.

"The United States respects and is aware of the right of each country to help and protect the health, safety and welfare of its citizens," said US Trade Representative, Ron Kirk, in Singapore on Thursday, April 26. But he said there is no reason for any consumer to worry about US beef.

There is no evidence that this isolated incident reached the food distribution or international network, he added. One of the three largest supermarket chains in South Korea on Friday, April 27, resumed sales of US beef after briefly suspending sales.

Information provided by Agencia Estado



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