Korea banned Canadian beef in May 2003 after a case of mad cow disease was reported in the country. Canada was previously the fourth-biggest exporter of beef to South Korea, behind the United States, Australia and New Zealand.
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[Said a ministry official] "We expect Canada to accept a proposal to allow the import of bone-in beef less than 30 months old, with certain specified risk materials excluded.”
Specified risk materials, or SRMs, refer to brains, eyes, tonsils and intestine parts which run the highest risk of transmitting bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease, to humans.
Canada has demanded that Korea lift all restrictions on beef imports after the World Organization for Animal Health in May last year gave Ottawa a “controlled risk” classification, which technically allows it to export all beef parts with the exception of certain SRMs.
Between this and the FTA talks between South Korea and Australia, I'll have a chance to get rid of all these surplus flags and plenty of opportunities to demand Ted Lipman and Peter Rowe OUT. I don't know anything about them, but judging by the color of their skin I'll bet they don't understand Korea's unique sentiment.