Jun 27, 2011


South Korea to launch pork tracking system



South Korea aims to commence a tracking scheme for all pork sold on the local market beginning from 2014 to enable recalls of substandard goods to be easier, according to the government yesterday (Jun 26).
The Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said it is in the process of working out the details of setting up the comprehensive tracking system with related agencies and livestock groups.
"As pigs are usually slaughtered in a relatively short period of time compared to cattle, the tracking system may be harder to maintain, but there is consensus that it must be created to improve consumer rights and strengthen the competitiveness of local pork producers vis-a-vis imports," a ministry official said.
He said once the system is in place, consumers will be able to check quickly where a pig was raised, slaughtered and how its meat was packaged and distributed before reaching store shelves.
The ministry said that the tracking system has gained more urgency following the latest outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease that forced the government to cull and bury more than 3.47 million livestock, of which the bulk were pigs.

A working tracking system might have allowed authorities to better control the spread of the disease that is estimated to have cost Seoul more than KRW3 trillion ($2.8 billion), experts said.

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