Roberts to Korean Ambassador: Open Beef Trade

Kansas Senator Pat Roberts says Korea must open its markets to American beef, or jeopardize future trade chances with the U.S. Roberts made his remarks Wednesday in Senate Finance Committee meetings with Ambassador Lee Tae-sik of the Republic of Korea.

The action is just the latest in a series of efforts by Roberts as a new member of the Finance Committee. He's also a senior member of the Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry. Korea's recent rejection of the first three beef shipments from the United States, including one from a Kansas company, was blamed on bone fragments the size of a grain of rice found in the beef.

Roberts called for a "workable agreement" on the problem of bone tolerances in beef shipments from this country. The veteran Kansas legislator said a zero tolerance level was unrealistic, and served as a trade barrier.


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