Survey: Two-Thirds of South Korean Restaurants O.K. with U.S. Beef

Despite the government's reluctance to accept American beef, restaurants say they would use it.

Although the South Korean government has been resisting U.S. beef imports, the Korean restaurant industry appears to be much more receptive to U.S. beef. In a survey of 1,000 restaurants in Seoul and the Kyonggi Province, over 65% of respondents said they would use U.S. beef in preparing their dishes.

The survey also shows that 70% of respondents have seen sales decrease since Korea imposed an import ban on U.S. beef in December 2003. USMEF said resulting price hikes account for the declining sales, as does an "eat healthy" movement afoot in Korea.

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