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South Korea Starts Beef Tracking System

South Korea introduced a comprehensive tracking system for domestically-sold beef Monday, which could negatively affect U.S. beef when it is applied to imported beef.

South Korea introduced a comprehensive tracking system for domestically-sold beef Monday, which could negatively affect U.S. beef when it is applied to imported beef.

The system requires all cattle to be tagged and registered with a central data system, and only those with proper identification can now be slaughtered. The meat is tracked throughout the wholesale and retail process until reaching consumers, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency said.

“Other countries such as the United States, Japan, European Union nations, Australia, New Zealand and some in South America have all introduced this system within the last decade,” said Chang-Buhm Lee, head of the Livestock Bureau at the Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MIFAFF), Yonhap reported.

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