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South Korea: Measures must be taken to increase imports of live yellowtails from Japan

Published Feb 8, 2024

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Despite safety concerns over Japanese seafood due to the Fukushima nuclear power plant's contaminated water discharge, Korea has seen an increase in imported marine products, particularly live yellowtail. This rise is impacting the domestic fish farming industry, causing a surplus of domestic fish and a drop in prices. The article calls for stricter regulations and increased inspections of imported marine products, particularly from Japan, to ensure food safety. It also advocates for more resources to manage the country of origin labeling system, protect the domestic industry, and handle the influx of imports.
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Last year, ahead of the discharge of contaminated water from Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant into the sea, the safety of Japanese seafood emerged as a hot topic. In addition, as the Korean government advocated ensuring the safety of marine products instead of opposing the discharge of contaminated water, antipathy toward imported marine products from Japan reached a peak. The government announced that it will maintain a ban on importing seafood from eight prefectures near the Fukushima nuclear power plant, while strengthening inspections for radioactive contaminants and crackdown on country of origin labeling for the health of the people. The government's promotional effect actually led to an increase in the consumption of marine products, and even the consumption of imported marine products increased. The representative fish species is yellowtail. As the low yen phenomenon persisted and the perception that yellowtail was a seasonal seafood product established in the winter, ...
Source: Fisheco
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