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South Korea Designates New Imported Food Subject to Inspection

  •   6 Dec 2018
  •    T.S. Li
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    • Food product containing the Ingredient of Noni imported from Vietnam, India, the United States, Indonesia and Peru is added to food subject to an inspection order.

    On Nov. 29th, Korea Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) released a notice to publish the newly added imported food subject to an inspection order in line with stipulations in Article 22 of Special Act on Imported Food Safety Control (click here to see the law) and Requirements on Food, etc. Subject to an Inspection Order (MFDS Notification No. 2017-73). 
    The details are as below:

    Imported FoodCountryInspection ItemInspection Reason
    Product containing more than 50% of Noni in powder form (excluding dried product through extracting process using water, etc.)Vietnam, India, the United States, Indonesia and PeruHeavy metallic foreign bodyHigh non-compliance rate

    The above imported food is ordered to be inspected during Dec. 24th, 2018 to Dec, 23rd, 2019.
    To undergo the inspection, importers shall submit an inspection report to the minister of a competent regional Korea food and drug administration. An inspection report is recognized only when issued by a testing and inspection agency specialized in food as specified in Article 6 (3) 1 of Act on Testing and Inspection in the Food and Drug Industry (click here to see the law), or Overseas Testing and Inspection Agencies designated by The Minister of Food and Drug Safety under Article 8 of the same act.

    For more information on imported food to South Korea, please refer to:
    Korea Special Act on Imported Food Safety Control (foodpidia)
    Special Act on Imported Food Safety Control (Imported Food Act)
    Enforcement Decree of the Special Act on Imported Food Safety Control
    Regulations on Inspection of Imported Health Functional Food
    Administrative Measures for Imported Fishery Products with Tariff Rate Quota

    Reference link

    MFDS notice

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