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Food News Clipping
October 12 - 15, 2021
FAS/Seoul Monitoring of Media Reporting on Agricultural Issues
Today's Date: Friday, October 15, 2021
For Coverage: October 12 ~ 15, 2021
World Forestry Congress to Gather in Seoul, May 2022
Summary: The Korea Forest Service (KFS) reported that the 15th World Forestry Congress (WFC), hosted by the UN FAO, will take place at the COEX Convention Center Seoul, May 2-6, 2022. KFS said that the event is the largest and most influential event in the international forestry industry. KFS and FAO launched an on-line consumer outreach campaign for WFC 2022 on October 14. More details of WFC2022 are available at www.wfc2021korea.org.
Gyeonggi Provincial Police Agency to Investigate Illegal
Activities such as False Origin Labeling of Rice and Processed Foods
Summary: The Gyeonggi-do Special Police Corps will investigate 30 rice processing companies from 18th to 29th this month to stop illegal activities such as falsely labeling the origin of rice. The main focus includes falsely labeling low-quality agricultural products as local specialties or origin. Products caught will be seized and discarded according to the law.
15% of Korean Families Have Pet Animals, KSO
Summary: According to the Korea National Statistics Office (NSO) report, 15 percent (3.1 million) of Korean families had pet animals as of November 2020. The ratio was significantly lower than MFDS data (Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs). MFDS reported that 27.7 percent (6.4 million) of Korean families had pet animals in 2020. NSO commented during the national assembly audit on October 12 that NSO data should be credible as it was based on surveys of all families in the country whereas MFDS data was based on on-line surveys of 5,000 sample families.
The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety Improves Junk/Illegal Food Reporting Service to Make it Easier to Use
Summary: The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety has improved the consumer reporting service site for junk and illegal food to make it easier and more convenient to use. Previously, it was difficult to see because it showed all the contents on one page. Now the reporting procedure is divided into four steps so that the procedure can be better understood. In particular, there will be a new automatic service that will recognize the product and manufacturer once consumers enter the product number.
It was Not Korean Beef … Milk Cows Changed to “Domestic Beef Ribs” on the Package
Summary: As HMR foods are in vogue, consumers should pay more attention to galbitang products at grocery stores. The ingredients are marked as domestic beef ribs, making it easy for consumers to think of them as Korean beef. However, the actual ingredient used in galbitang was milk cow meat. As Milk cows are for producing milk, they repeatedly become pregnant and give birth. This makes the meat tough in quality. It has been found that a companies that supply large grocery stores have sold more than 580,000 products since 2017 by marking them as beef instead of milk cow.
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