SEOUL, May 22 (Yonhap) — South Korea began tightening preventive epidemic controls on US beef imports on Monday after a case of cow disease locus was reported, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said.

The ministry said that after the US announced an unusual case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) last week, the sample inspection carried out on US beef has been increased from 3 percent. increased to 10 percent. In a beef cow, in a South Carolina plant.

According to media reports, this was the seventh discovery of BSE in the US since 2003.

The South Korean government has requested additional information on the case from the US in order to develop necessary epidemiological containment measures in consultation with relevant authorities and experts.

The US Department of Agriculture stated that the animal never entered slaughter channels and that no commercial impact was expected as a result.

The US was South Korea’s largest beef exporter last year, while US beef accounted for 54.1 percent of South Korea’s total beef imports of 474,511 tonnes.

US beef import volume and market share are at the highest level since South Korea opened its market to US beef in 2008.