Korean food outlets face pork origination rules

07-07-2008 | |

Fast food restaurants and cafeterias from this week must mark the country of origin for the meat they use, with the government to supervise implementation from October after a three-month grace period.

The Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry said yesterday that a revision to the Act on Agricultural Product Management will be officially announced in which, fast food chains and cafeterias at schools, companies, public organizations and hospitals must mark the country of origin for beef, pork and chicken and processed food from the three meats.

Earlier the government made it mandatory for restaurants larger than 100 square meters to mark the country of origin. The new rule will apply to beef from this week and will come into effect for pork and chicken from the end of December.

Those who fake labelling on the country of origin will face up to three years in prison or a fine of up to 30 million won ($28,571). Failure to correctly mark country of origin will result in 10 million won fine ($9,500) and administrative action, including a shutdown for up to a month.

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