SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean retailers are suspending sales of U.S. beef following the discovery of mad cow disease in a U.S. dairy cow.
Lotte Department Store and Home Plus said they halted sales of U.S. beef to calm worries among South Koreans.
Yonhap News Agency reported that Lotte Mart has also suspended U.S. beef sales because of consumer anxiety.
South Korean agriculture officials are considering whether to formally suspend delivery of U.S. beef to stores by halting quarantine inspections, which would prevent the meat from clearing customs.
South Korea is the fourth-largest importer of U.S. beef. It has imported 107,000 tons of U.S. beef worth $ 563 million in 2011.