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An official from the Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency inspects imported U.S. beef at a storage center in Gwangju, Gyeonggi, on Thursday. The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs on Thursday announced that it would increase the inspection rate of U.S. beef from the current 3 percent to 30 percent after the discovery of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as mad cow disease, in a six-year-old cow in Florida. The inspection involves opening the package, defrosting the meat and cutting into it for a detailed check. The cow tested positive for BSE during a routine inspection, becoming the sixth mad cow case in the United States since 2003. Exposure to BSE can cause the fatal variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans. The Seoul government said it asked for additional information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture so it can undertake all necessary quarantine measures. Currently, U.S. beef imported to Korea are restricted to cattle younger than 30 months. [YONHAP]

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