South Korea Lifts Temporary Ban on Canadian Beef

South Korea is lifting its temporary suspension of Canadian beef imports. Reuters says the ban began after Canada detected a case of BSE, or “Mad Cow Disease,” in December. Canada’s Agriculture Minister Marie Claude-Bibeau says South Korea halted the shipments after Canada last month reported its first BSE case in six years. China and the Philippines issued their own suspensions soon after that. On social media, Canada’s agriculture department says it’s “great news for our cattle sector.” Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy is a fatal disease of the nervous system in cattle. Canada is the eighth-largest beef and veal exporter. December’s BSE case took place in an eight-year-old beef cow in Alberta. Canada’s newest BSE case is atypical, meaning it’s a form of disease that can occur naturally in older cattle. That’s opposed to classical BSE, which can be caused by an animal that unsuspectingly eats contaminated feed.

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