South Korea halts special checks on US beefSouth Korea has ended special inspections of all US beef imports over the weekend, nearly two months after Washington confirmed its fourth BSE outbreak, the country’s Yonhap news agency reported this week.
"The current system of checking half of all beef shipments will be discontinued on Saturday," the Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said.
Inspectors will revert to conducting sample checks on 3pc of imports, which is the normal practice.
The ministry said the change in policy comes as hot weather is making it hard to inspect products that must be kept cold, and because other US beef importers did not maintain such rigorous inspection regimes.
Opening half of all packages also increased the workload of government inspectors.
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