AMERICAN BEEF SLOWLY re-entered lucrative foreign markets, but the comeback was anything but smooth in South Korea and Japan. In January, Singapore and South Korea planned to lift their bans and Thailand was working on an agreement to reopen its markets to U.S. beef. The prohibitions were originally put in place after the U.S. reported confirmed cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease, in December 2003. Japan lifted its restrictions in December 2005, only to ...

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