March 12, 2009

South Korea finds illegal antimicrobial substance in chicken imports from Brazil

The Korean government on Wednesday (Mar 11) said it found an unauthorised antimicrobial substance in frozen chicken imports from Brazil.


The National Veterinary Research and Quarantine Service (NVRQS) said traces of chloramphenicol were found in a 23.5-tonne shipment of meat that arrived in the country on March 3, 2009.


A government inspector said that since the substance was discovered, the shipment has been rejected and will be returned or destroyed.


He added that Perdigao SA, which exported the frozen chickens, has been notified not to send further shipments until a probe is finished.


He also said that if shipments from the Brazilian meat company are in transit and arrive in the next few days they will undergo thorough examinations.


The official said that Brazilian authorities have been contacted and requested to ensure the prevention of a recurrence of such shipments.


Chloramphenicol is an antimicrobial that is used against a wide variety of microorganisms but has been banned in livestock since 1991.

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