Great to reopen a market but one cattle producer not impressed


Harry Siemens ? Earlier this month, federal agriculture minister Gerry Ritz called the move by South Korea to once again open its borders to beef from Canada as tremendous news for Canadian cattle producers and processors.

From this day going forward, said Ritz, Canadian beef under 30 months of age can re-enter the South Korean market.

?For the first time in nearly a decade, Canadian beef can be exported again to what was our fourth-largest market, South Korea?, said Ritz. ?Improved trade with South Korea is a priority for the Canadian agriculture industry and the South Korean Government?s co-operation in restoring access to Canadian beef will further strengthen trade relations between our two countries.?

Trade minister Ed Fast said Canada?s government understands the importance of trade to the jobs and livelihoods of hardworking Canadians and their families, and the importance of helping farmers and producers access global markets.

?That?s why we have consistently fought for fair and open access for our producers and exporters around the world, and against unscientific trade restrictions on Canadian products. Our government has worked tirelessly to ensure the Korean market is re-opened to high-quality Canadian beef, and the Korean Government?s decision to restore access is the direct result of these efforts,? said Fast.

Canadian Cattle Association president Travis Toews thanked Ritz and Fast at the same news conference for their diligence on this file. Efforts will continue in South Korea to recapture access for over-30-month beef as well, in line with World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) science-based guidelines.