Food Advisories

FDA Advisory No. 2016-078 || Notification on the New Korean “Special Act on Safety Management of Imported Food”

FDA Advisory No. 2016-078

Notification on the New Korean “Special Act on Safety Management of Imported Food”

The South Korean Ministry of Food & Drug Safety (MFDS) implemented the “Special Act on Safety Management of Imported Food” and the implementing regulations for efficient management of imported food policies.

The Special Act has two important provisions which include the: 1) mandatory pre-registration of foreign food facilities and livestock establishments by MFDS and 2) a legal basis for MFDS to suspend import from foreign facilities or establishments that refuse on-site inspection.

Relative to this, the Philippine Agriculture Office in Seoul has received notifications from the MFDS requesting for cooperation on requiring all Philippine-based food facilities exporting or intending to export to Korea to register. Please note that the registration is only until 3 August 2016 and starting 4 August 2016, import declarations will be denied for those manufacturers who did not register.

Philippine food companies/facilities can register on-line or through postal mail. Attached herewith is a copy of the sample registration application. For on-line registration, companies may use the link: https://impfood.mfds.go.kr

Dissemination of this information to all is requested.

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