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JBS USA working to lift South Korean beef import suspension

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The detection of a controversial feed ingredient resulted in the South Korean government suspending beef imports from Swift Beef, a subsidiary of JBS USA, the US arm of JBS SA.

The growth enhancing ingredient known as zilpaterol, was found in 22 tonnes of beef imported by Swift Beef Co according to South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, who have since requested that the US launch an investigation into the matter.

Meatpoultry.com report that JBS USA is now working to lift the ban.

“We are working with our partners at the US Department of Agriculture and the South Korean government to resolve the issue concerning one of our US facilities,” JBS USA said in a statement. “Importantly, this is not a food-safety issue. In addition, the manufacturer of the feed additive in question has voluntarily suspended sales of the product in the US.”

Food additives such as zilpaterol have been banned in Asian countries and have come under much scrutiny in recent years.

Tyson, one of the world’s largest meat processors announced that they would no longer purchase feed that contained zilpaterol as the company raised concerns that the supplement may be leading to lameness in cattle

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