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Canada seeks WTO consultations on South Korean beef ban

OTTAWA -- International Trade Minister Stockwell Day says Canada will request World Trade Organization consultations over South Korea's ban on Canadian beef imports.

OTTAWA -- International Trade Minister Stockwell Day says Canada will request World Trade Organization consultations over South Korea's ban on Canadian beef imports.

South Korea banned Canadian beef imports in May 2003 after mad-cow disease, or BSE, was found in a Canadian cow.

The World Organization for Animal Health deemed Canada a "controlled BSE risk" coun-try in May 2007.

That designation means most beef parts are safe to import, except for certain parts such as the brains, eyes and tonsils that run the highest risk of carrying BSE.

But South Korea has so far refused to reopen its borders to Canadian beef.

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The matter may be referred to a WTO dispute-settlement panel if the consultations fail to resolve the dispute.

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