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    Creekstone Beef Shipment to South Korea the First Since '03

    ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Creekstone Farms Premium Beef here confirmed its beef is good to go to South Korea, where government officials lifted a quarantine following extensive inspection that found no banned bone fragments in 449 boxes of beef.

    ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Creekstone Farms Premium Beef here confirmed its beef is good to go to South Korea, where government officials lifted a quarantine following extensive inspection that found no banned bone fragments in 449 boxes of beef.

    A 6.4-ton shipment will be released into commerce, making it the first U.S. beef available to Korean consumers since the country banned U.S. product in December 2003, Creekstone Farms said.

    "There's a certain amount of pride that goes with this accomplishment," said Dennis Buhlke, Creekstone's president and c.e.o. "We're the first U.S. beef processor to have its products offered for sale in South Korea in almost three and a half years."

    Now that the first shipment has passed quarantine, Creekstone is in negotiations with South Korean importers to schedule additional shipments during the month of May.

    On the heels of Creekstone's announcement, the American Meat Institute (AMI) said it hopes that a shipment of U.S. beef that cleared Korean customs is a sign of new cooperation on U.S. beef imports.

    "This is a good development in normalizing our beef trade," said AMI president and c.e.o. J. Patrick Boyle.

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