Survey of the status of conutry-of-origin lables and hygine on the meat markets of 4 regions in Korea

Bo Ra Nam, Jung Oak Nam, Jung Min Park, Ra Mi Lee, Hyo Jung Gu, Myung Hee Kim, Un Jae Chang, Hyung Joo Suh, Jin Man Kim

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Expenditure on meat and meat products has been increased in Korea due to the increase of income and the change of diet. From raising farm animals to eating the meat, various hazardous elements can make their ways into the meat and meat products. Recently the issues on food safety and hygiene are drawing a lot of attention, and the current system for managing the safety of foods is still needed to be improved. This survey was aimed to monitor the current situation of country-of-origin labels and hygiene for the meat markets at 4 regions Korea. The survey was performed by collecting samples from whole-sale and retail stores in the nation, which were selling beef. The markets were divided into groups as to territory and the size of the market (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, all the market of 4 regions showed good agreements. However, such labels indicating the methods of cooking and storage were not properly posted on the products. Especially for Ho-nam region, corrections are needed. The results of monitoring sanitation conditions for the butcher shops at 4 regions in Korea showed relatively low suitability. Especially, there were serious lack of knowledge about wearing the sanitation clothing, caps, and shoes. The problem with food safety is so complicated that producer, consumer, food manufacturer, the press, the government, and scholar should solve altogether. It is necessary to educate farmers, food handlers, consumers, etc. and provide them with an accurate information and knowledge.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)122-126
Number of pages5
JournalKorean Journal for Food Science of Animal Resources
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Mar


  • Food hygiene
  • Food inspection
  • Meat product

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Animal Science and Zoology


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