Exporter’s mistake will be costly for the industry.
South Korea halted imports of U.S. beef last week after California based
Am-Mex, an exporter more familiar with Mexican shipments, sent a load of
beef meant for U.S. domestic use to the finicky Asian nation. The beef,
from Tyson and Cargill, was clearly labeled “For domestic use only,”
however, the inexperienced company and two USDA inspectors processed and
signed off on the shipment, despite the fact that it contained beef ribs
which are banned under current trade protocols.
As a result, South Korea’s Agriculture Ministry has said it will not
issue quarantine certificates