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South Korea Suspends the Food Importation from 36 Countries

MFDS forbids the import of foods produced by ruminant and its by-products from UK, USA, Denmark, and other thirty-three countries/regions. ChemLinked presents the legal basis and suggestions to deal with this situation to re-export goods to S. Korea.

On February 4, 2021, MFDS (Ministry of Food and Drug Safety) issued a notification 1 listing the foods prohibited from importation based on the rules specified in Food Sanitation Act 2, including:


Food Categories

United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Ireland, Denmark, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Sweden, Finland, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenian, Swiss, Serbia, Montenegro, Japan, Israel, Canada, United States of America, Brazil

Food and food additives using ruminants and their by-products as raw materials

(milk, dairy products, and collagen casing excluded)


*Nevertheless, the below foods and products containing them are allowed to be imported to S. Korea:

  (1) Processed beef tallow products:

The contains of insoluble impurities in products: less than 0.15% (certificate issued by the exporting country's government is required)

  (2) Gelatin, Collagen:

Made from raw skin or leather

(certificate issued by the exporting country's government is required)

  (3) Calcium Phosphate Dibasic:

Containing no protein or fats

(certificate issued by the exporting country's government is required)

ChemLinked Note

In accordance with the Article 21 of Food Sanitation Act 2, if imported foods are detected with risk materials or manufactured in harmful environment, MFDS can prohibit importing or selling such foods. The interested nation or enterprises could request canceling the suspending if the prohibited products are recognized to cause no harm to a human body. The Korean authority will publish an announcement to re-permit the importation after undergoing a deliberation or an on-site inspection.

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