Monitoring country-of-origin labels and sanitation on the meat markets in Seoul, Korea

Jung Min Park, Hyo Jung Gu, Jong Youn Jeong, Un Jae Chang, Hyung Joo Suh, Duk Ho Kang, Cheon Jei Kim, Jin Man Kim

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Animals must be inspected prior to and after slaughter to make certain they are free of diseases and unacceptable defects. Since meats are potentially hazardous foods, they should not be accept if there are any signs of contamination, temperature abuse, or spoilage. This survey was aimed to monitor the current situation of country-of-origin labels and sanitation for the meat markets in Seoul, Korea. The markets were divided into groups as to 25 territories in Seoul and the size of markets (large size, medium size, and small size). In terms of size distribution, small butcher shops occupied the highest percentage. On the itemized suitability test of unpacked and packed beef in Seoul, most butcher shops showed good evaluation. However, labels indicating the grade, storage and cooking instruction for unpacked beef were not properly posted on the products. The results of monitoring sanitation conditions for butcher shops in Seoul showed relatively low suitability. Especially, there were serious lack of knowledge about wearing the sanitation clothings, caps, and shoes. The problem with food safety is so complicated that producers, consumers, merchandisers, the press, the government and the scholar should try to solve the problems altogether. Also, it is important to educate and provide them with correct understanding and information for food hygiene and safety.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-189
Number of pages5
JournalKorean Journal for Food Science of Animal Resources
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Jun


  • Food monitoring
  • Food sanitation
  • Meat and meat product

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Animal Science and Zoology


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