South Korea: Jeonbuk Province jointly cracks down on country of origin labeling for imported marine products from Japan

Updated Sep 25, 2023
The Jeonbuk Province Special Judicial Police Department conducted a joint crackdown with the Provincial Fisheries Policy Department from the 18th to the 22nd to crack down on the country of origin labeling of imported seafood to ensure the safety of seafood in the province following Japan's decision to discharge contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant into the ocean.
The items of focus are scallops, red sea bream, and sea squirts, which have an import history this year and are highly consumed. Provided by the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, 26 imported seafood distributors in the province were intensively cracked down. False indication of the country of origin of marine products is subject to imprisonment of up to 7 years or a fine of up to 100 million won, and failure to indicate the country of origin is subject to a fine of not less than 50,000 won but not more than 10 million won. Dong-wook Yoon, head of the Jeollabuk-do Provincial Citizens' Safety Office, said, "I believe that the public's interest and concern about the safety of marine products is greater than ever due to the discharge of contaminated water from Fukushima. Through this crackdown, we will ensure that domestic marine products are safe so that consumers can choose our seafood with confidence. “We will do our best to provide seafood food,” he said. Meanwhile, when ...
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