South Korea Gives Canadian Beef Final Stamp Of Approval

Canadian beef can access market immediately

Ottawa, Ontario, January 20, 2012 - Tremendous news for Canadian cattle producers and processors has come early in the new year, announced Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and International Trade Minister Ed Fast. Starting today, Canadian beef under 30 months of age can re-enter the South Korean market.

The South Korean Government today published their approval of the Import Health Requirements (IHRs) and notified the Government of Canada that all certification conditions are in place, meaning exports can commence from the Canadian beef establishments approved for export.

Canada has worked tirelessly - governments and industry together - to reopen the market. This work included an earlier request for a World Trade Organization (WTO) Panel, based on science and the safety and quality of Canadian beef, which is shipped world wide.

The Canadian beef industry estimates that this restored market access could mean more than $30 million for Canadian producers by 2015. South Korea is the last significant Asian market to lift the ban after the 2003 bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) outbreak.

For more information, media may contact:

Media Relations
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Ottawa, Ontario

Meagan Murdoch
Director of Communications
The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz

Trade Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
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Rudy Husny
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway

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