South Korea Lifts Canadian Beef Ban
The almost decade long beef trade dispute between Canada and South Korea appears close to its conclusion after Seoul announced it would immediately open its borders to Canadian beef from cattle under 30 months old. The 20 January announcement follows the temporary suspension of a related WTO dispute in summer 2011 that had meant to facilitate a negotiated solution among the two countries.
South Korea’s ban dates back to 2003 when the Asian country, along with other nations, shut its borders to all Canadian and US beef products, responding to North American producers being linked to the BSE, or mad cow disease. Read more here.
Date: January 24, 2012