July 22, 2008


South Korea suspends inspections on US pork intestines

South Korea has suspended quarantine inspections on US pork intestines suspected to have been processed in China.


South Korean authorities have received information that some US pork farmers exported China-processed intestines to South Korea, which uses the product as the outer covering for sausages.


The Agriculture Ministry suspects some US pork farmers process intestines in China to cut costs and has already asked the US to verify the information.


A country is breaching import hygienic rules if it processes meat products in a third country before shipping them to South Korea.

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