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South Korea lifts suspension of Cdn. beef imports

South Korea lifts suspension of Cdn. beef imports

It’s good news for the cattle sector, Minister Bibeau said

By Diego Flammini
Staff Writer

One of Canada’s trading partners has agreed to lift its suspension of Canadian beef imports.

“This morning, South Korea announced that it would lift the temporary suspension on Canadian beef imports imposed last month after the discovery of an atypical BSE case in Alberta,” Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said on Twitter Wednesday. “Great news for our cattle sector, who provide the world with safe, high-quality beef.”

A statement from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency on the matter is coming, a spokesperson from Minister Bibeau’s office told

South Korea, a $90 million market for Canadian beef, is Canada’s seventh-largest beef export market by volume.

With South Korea’s restrictions lifted, the only countries left with suspensions are China and the Philippines.

The United States announced it wouldn’t impose any restrictions on Canadian beef following the confirmation of the atypical case of BSE. has contacted the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association for comment on South Korea’s decision.

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Emma Butler is a full-time wife, mother, farmer and entrepreneur from Croton, Ontario. She and her husband Josh raise beef, lamb, chicken, and crops as well as own and operate their on-farm retail store, J&E Meats.


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