South Korea to designate prohibited ingredients of online purchased overseas food


On November 11, 2021, the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) published the Guideline on Designating and Canceling the Prohibited Ingredients of Directly Purchased Overseas Food Products1. This guideline is designed to help the Customs manage overseas food purchased directly by consumers to reduce the food risk exposed to Korean citizens.

As per the guideline, MFDS will collect the food ingredient risk information from the foreign countries’ official websites and consumer complaint. The authority will then review whether the food ingredient is a hazard ingredient and establish a profile for each ingredient. Finally, MFDS will designate and notify the prohibited ingredients. Overseas food with such ingredients are forbidden from entering South Korea.

MFDS also plans to conduct a re-evaluation on the prohibited ingredient termly. If the ingredient is deemed as appropriate, the banning of food containing thus ingredient will be canceled.

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Chemlinked, 17 November 2021