Safety Management


Implementation policy for providing safe agriculture, livestock and fishery products Establishment of country's infrastructure for ensuring that people enjoy the Agriculture, livestock and fishery products

Main task

After the establishment in 2013, the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) has unified safety management of Agriculture, livestock and fishery products. From production to an end-consumer, all of the steps of safety management of agriculture, livestock and fishery products is now managed and coordinated under the responsibility of MFDS in cooperation with other Ministries.

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1) At production stage, in order to prevent contamination of agriculture, livestock and fishery products, MFDS is cooperating with other departments like Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries so that weak areas can be intensively managed, especially producers with non-compliant record and regions that are concerns of contamination. MFDS is now planning to put forth scienceefficiency of safety investigation at production stage by analyzing food safety information by each organization and investigation results.

2) At manufacturing stage, a manufacturer is requested to declare manufacture of livestock and items. In order to ensure safety, self-quality inspection and HACCP system is enforced to protect food from hazards in advance. MFDS is now planning to put forth qualitative management by expanding items mandated for HACCP implementation and strengthening post-examination of HACCP certification organization, etc.

HACCP(Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) system
In order to strengthen safety of foods production and manufacturing, MFDS promoted mandatory implementation of HACCP.

[Table 1] Mandatory enforcement time by stage :
Classification Stage Enforcement date Industry subject to implementation
Dairy industry 1 Jan. 1, 2014  
2 Jan. 1, 2015  
3 Jan. 1, 2016  
Processed dairy industry 1 Jan. 1, 2015  
2 Jan. 1, 2016  
3 Jan. 1, 2017  
4 Jan. 1, 2018  
Processed egg industry 1 Dec. 1, 2016 Yearly total sales more than 100,000,000 won with number of employees less than 5
2 Dec. 1, 2017 Yearly total sales more than 100,000,000 won with number of employees less than 5

SOURCE: Livestock Products Sanitation Division

[Table 2] HACCP certification status (includes mandatory and voluntary facilities) (Unit: Number of facilities (total), as of Dec. 31, 2015)
Year 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Total 3,129 4,448 6,329 8,053 8,995 10,257

Source: Livestock Products Sanitation Division

3) At distribution and consumption stage, inspection of safety for agricultural products trading center, etc prior to distribution, collection inspection of distributed agriculture, livestock fishery products at wholesale and domestic level, and monitoring of false/exaggerated advertisement, surveillance of livestock sanitation, etc. will be enforced. MFDS is now planning to put forth strengthened management of distribution channel to block distribution of agricultural, livestock and fishery products with hazardous concerns and as well as strengthened communication with consumers.

Inspection of distributed agriculture and livestock fishery products

To prevent food, etc from hazards and for sanitation, on-site visit is enforced to collect and inspect if food, etc is for sales and to check whether it is compliant to standards and specifications set by Food Code, etc or not. If the food is non-compliant as a result of collection inspection, measures to recall or seize discard are taken promptly.

Monitoring of false/exaggerated advertisement

Monitoring of advertisement through internet, broadcast, newspaper, magazine, printed article, etc is enforced to prevent consumer damage through advertisement contents indicating that food is effective for disease treatment or advertisement contents that may be confusing with medicinal drug in advance.

Operation of consumer livestock sanitation surveillance

Because it is difficult to surveil food services systematically with labor force of the officials, active participation of consumers is encouraged for surveillance of food sanitation. In order to ensure supplementation and transparency, administrative organization of surveillance through consumer food sanitation surveillance is enforced.

4) There is a limit to ensure imported food safety just with inspection at customs clearance stage. Therefore, safety management is being expanded and implemented to strengthen on-site safety management before exporting to Korea by mandating registration of foreign food manufacturing facilities in advance pursuant toSpecial Act on Imported Food Safety Management, expanding facilities subject to foreign inspection and strengthening administrative matter, and implementing import sanitation evaluation for livestock products and implementing registration of foreign facilities, etc.

Also, thorough inspection is strengthened for the substance with high potential for hazard at the customs clearance stage of imported livestock products and in order to give more consciousness of responsibility to business managers, responsibility of importer is strengthened by adjusting penalty and disadvantage of the intentional and habitual offences and fundamentally block import of non-compliant food. From now on, greater effort will be made for safety management in advance in order to block entry of hazardous food in Korea, promptly allow customs clearance of agriculture, livestock and fishery products that are safe, and conduct strengthen foreign inspection of exporting countries, etc.

Relevant Jurisdiction Law

[Table 1] Mandatory enforcement time by stage :
Law Content Division
Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act
  • Slaughter inspection and sanitation inspection on domestic animals
  • License and report of livestock business
  • Operation of HACCP system
  • Labeling of standardspecification of livestock products, etc
Agro-livestock and Fishery Products Policy Division
Agricultural and Fishery Products Quality Control Act
  • Safety investigation on agricultural and fishery products, etc
Agricultural and Fishery Products Safety Division
Food Sanitation Act
  • Relevant regulation on collection inspection of distributed agricultural and fishery products and inspection on imported fishery products, etc
Foreign Inspection Division, Agricultural and Fishery Products Safety Division
Special Act on Imported Food Safety Management
  • Regulation on foreign inspection and sanitation agreement
Foreign Inspection Division
Law regarding test and inspection on food and drug
  • Regulation on test and inspection of livestock products
Livestock Sanitation Safety Division

Organization chart of Agro-Livestock and Fishery Products Safety Bureau

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