According to the Associated Press, Agriculture Minister Chung Woon-chun said in a nationally televised announcement that the government has finalized new quarantine regulations for
The new rules will mean that
Chung sought to dispel public concern over mad cow disease, saying the government would immediately halt imports if a new case of the illness breaks out in the United States, according to the AP. Thousands of consumers have protested in South Korea over fears of mad cow disease from U.S. beef, with rallies in Seoul.
The rallies have been mostly peaceful, although tensions flared this week after the government instructed police to take a harder line, the news service said. Police have detained more than 200 protesters in recent days, later releasing 92.