Quality Control

Place of Origin Labelling System

Purpose

  • To protect producers and consumers by marking place of origin leading to safeguarding consumers’ rights to know and encouraging fair trade

Legal Basis

  • Article 5.1 of Act on Origin Labeling of Agricultural and Fishery Products
  • Notification No.2013-183 of the MOF (Origin Labeling of Agricultural and Fishery Products)

Persons on Duty

  • Producers and processors of fish & fishery products and processed food
  • Seller of fish & fishery products and processed food at department store, supermarket, wholesale market and traditional market
  • Seller of fish & fishery products and processed food on TV home shopping channel, online market and newspaper
  • Producers, distributors and sellers of edible salt
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Objects for Place of Origin System

  • All fish and fishery products processed, distributed and sold for consumption
  • Refer to Appendix 2 of Notification of Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (Place of Origin Labelling)
  • ※ 247 items: 191 domestic and pelagic fishery products, 37 processed products and 19 imported products
  • ※ Salt is included in the objects for place of origin system (enforced since Feb. 11th, 2011)

Labelling Standard

  • Domestic fishery products: Korean or offshore
  • Distant-water fishery products: distant water (or with name of the sea)
  • Processed fishery products: place of origin of the ingredient used
  • Imported fishery products: name of importing country (place of origin in case of customs clearance)
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Labelling Principle

  • Labels should be printed on the package or attached as sticker (including one made by electronic scale
  • Tags are attached on the products or details are marked on stickers, signposts, or containers in the event of fishery products without packaging
  • Signposts are used for storage facilities (i.e. aquarium) for live fish and fishery products. Domestic and imported products with the same name should separately be marked
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History of the system

  • Imported fish and fishery products: since Jan. 1st, 1994 (live fish included since Sep. 1st, 2004)
  • Domestic fish and fishery products: since Jan. 1st, 1995 (live fish included since Jul. 1st, 2002)
  • Processed fish and fishery products: since Jan. 1st, 1996 (retort pouch food included since Sep. 1st, 2004)
  • Transplant fishery: since Jan. 1st, 2009 (notification of the minister on labelling standard and principle)
  • Edible salt: since Feb. 11th, 2011 (Act on Origin Labeling of Agricultural and Fishery Products)
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