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Tighter control: South Korea steps up regulatory requirements for imports from foreign food facilities

South Korea has made Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) certification mandatory for all foreign food facilities exporting into the country, in an effort to tighten its control over imported food safety hazards.

Previously, the standard operating procedure for foreign food facilities wishing to export to South Korea was to pre-register as an ‘Excellent Overseas Food Facility’ with the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety online or via postal mail.

According to data from the United States Department of Agriculture, this included processed food products, agricultural products such as grains and fruits, health functional foods, fishery products, food additives, and food packaging/containers/equipment facilities.

Livestock, dairy and egg products required separate registration, usually through the respective exporting governments.

As of April 2020, MFDS has removed the foreign food facility pre-registration and this has been replaced with a new mandatory HACCP certification.

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