The recent hike in U.S. beef consumption in South Korea comes in a sharp contrast with the high-profile grassroots campaigns against U.S. beef imports three years ago.
South Korea was the largest importer of U.S. beef in March for the second straight month, as the supply of local beef plunged after foot-and-mouth disease hit the Asian country late last year, a government report shows.
South Korea imported 28,875 tons of U.S. beef in March, more than a three-fold increase from one year ago and a 53% jump from the previous month, according to Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. The ministry cited the latest data released by the USDA.
South Korea's imports accounted for 26% of the U.S. beef shipped overseas in that month, outstripping the countries that have previously been top destinations for U.S. meat, including Mexico, Japan and Canada.
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