South Korea’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on the 18th that 15 kimchi products imported from China were found to contain bacteria that induce food poisoning, in addition to pickled cabbage products with prohibited preservatives, and one garlic product with an excessive number of bacteria. These goods have been returned or destroyed.
According to the Yonhap News Agency cited by the Liberty Times, according to the Korea Food and Drug Administration’s inspection of food imported from March 12 to May 7, among 289 kimchi declared by 55 Chinese manufacturers, it was found that 15 Chinese kimchi contained Yersinia pestis, a bacterium that can cause human poisoning, and the symptoms of poisoning are diarrhea, abdominal pain and headache. The symptoms of poisoning are diarrhea, abdominal pain and headache, etc.
In addition, two pickled cabbage products from one manufacturer contained dehydroacetic acid, a preservative banned in Korea. There was also a Chinese frozen garlic product with excessive bacteria, and the operator was administratively sanctioned.
The Korea Food and Drug Administration has already returned or discarded the unqualified products and reflected them to the relevant Chinese authorities, and will also conduct five rounds of more precise inspections on the relevant imported products in the future to ensure food safety.
In April, Korea’s import of Chinese kimchi plummeted by nearly 31% compared to March, after pictures of an unhygienic kimchi factory in China reached Korea.