December 22, 2008


South Korea starts labelling for pork and chicken


Effective December 22, South Korea will impose a compulsory place-of-origin labelling for pork and chicken. This means meat processors and sellers have to issue receipts identifying the place of origin of meats.


The system is already in place for beef.


Restaurants need to identify the place of origin for pork and chicken dishes and failure to comply will be under strict monitoring for six months if they are smaller than 33 square metres, and observed for three months if the restaurant is less than 100 square metres.


Misidentification is punishable by law with three years in prison or a fine of 30 million won (US$22,917.526).

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