June 13, 2001, the Korea Food & Drug Administration will require
labelling on processed foods that use soybean, corn or soybean sprout
enhanced through biotechnology. Labelling is required only in cases
where GM corn, soybean or soybean sprout is among the top 5 ingredients
of a processed food product. Minor ingredients are exempt from labelling
requirements. Threshold level of unintentional contamination of GMO
to those three ingredients is 3%.
do not contain novel DNA or proteins as a result of genetic modification
are exempted from labelling requirements, even if ingredients were
derived from GM crops. Currently, soy souce and edible oils such as
soybean and corn oils are exempted from GMO labelling.
as 'Non-GMO' or 'GMO-free' is permitted only if a product is 100 percent
free of any biotech components. 'Non-GMO' or 'GMO-free' labelling is
subject to a maximum threshold allowance of 0 (zero). In other words,
practically, no products can carry 'Non-GMO' or 'GMO-free' labels
KFDA is in charge of inspecting GMO labelling of both raw materials and final products at the port of entry. IP handling certificate is required for no labelling. In terms of inspecting GMO labelling of the products on local market, MAF is in charge for raw materials and KFDA is in charge for processed products.
details, go to the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Report on the
Republic of Korea Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards
Subject Report: KFDA Biotech Labelling Standards for Processed Foods. http://www.fas.usda.gov/gainfiles/200108/125681734.pdf This
report is a compilation of updated information on the Korean labelling
requirements for processed food products that may or may not contain
March 1, 2002, the Ministry of Agriculture & Forestry requires
unprocessed potatoes enhanced through biotechnology be labeled if the
shipment contains a 3-percent or higher biotech-enhanced component.
Other such commodities include corn, soybeans and soybean sprouts
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