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Fighting food poisoning: South Korea makes on-label safety info mandatory for packaged fresh foods

South Korea
Published Sep 30, 2021

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South Korea is implementing new food labelling regulations to mandate the inclusion of food safety instructions on the labels of all packaged fresh food products, in an attempt to prevent further food poisoning outbreaks.

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The country has been battling food poisoning outbreaks, especially during the summer season, for some years. This year alone over 300 people fell victim to a series of food poisoning incidents mostly involving gimbap (seaweed rice rolls) made with various ingredients including vegetables, eggs, mushrooms, or processed meats. The South Korean National Agricultural Products Quality Management Service has issued a statement to revise local food labelling regulations to include mandatory food safety phrases on-pack in hopes of preventing further such incidents. “To ensure that foods are safe for consumption and prevent food safety events such as food poisoning, the inclusion of food safety phrases on the outer surface of packaging materials for vegetables and other fresh produce will be made mandatory starting October 14 2021,” ​said the service’s President Lee Ju-Myeong via the formal statement. “This will include instructions for handling the foods such as ‘washing’ or ‘heating’ ...
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