South Korea delays lifting ban on beef with feed additive

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SEOUL – Korea has delayed a move to allow certain levels the animal feed additive zilpaterol in beef to August from mid-July as it finalizes the policy, a ministry official said Wednesday.

Seoul had already postponed the step to ease its zero-tolerance policy zilpaterol-based drugs, such as Merck & Co Inc’s Zilmax, from June after a request by China.
The official, who declined to be named, said Korea would allow imports beef muscle with 1 part per billion (ppb) of zilpaterol, 5 ppb in beef liver and 10 ppb in beef kidney as previously reported by Reuters.

Korea suspended some U.S. beef imports for more than months last year after traces zilpaterol were found in two shipments. Many other Asian and European countries also ban the additive due to concerns about its side effects. (Reuters)[eap_ad_3]