South Korea announced it is lifting an eight year ban on the imports of Canadian beef. The ban, enacted after a Canadian cow was found to have mad cow disease in 2003, will be lifted to allow imports of beef from cattle aged 30 months or younger. The imports must exclude riskier parts such as the brain, skull, eyes and spinal cord, reports the Associated Press.

Canada has urged South Korea to lift the ban and filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization over the issue in 2009, after the World Organization for Animal Health recognized Canada as a “controlled risk” country for beef in 2007, the Korea’s Agriculture Ministry said. South Korean lawmakers will be able to review the plan.


Source: Associated Press, Washington Post