Report: South Korea to resume checks of US beef imports

South Korea's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said Friday it will restart quarantine inspections of US beef imports suspended since earlier this month, Yonhap news agency reported. South Korea effectively suspended US beef imports again in early August over mad cow concerns after a shipment was found to contain banned parts. South Korea shut its doors to American beef in December 2003 after mad cow disease - or bovine spongiform encephalopathy - was found in cattle in the US It partially reopened its market last year but agreed to accept only boneless meat from cattle under 30 months old, thought to be less at risk of carrying the illness.