Chilean Pork Shipments Put on Hold

SOUTH KOREA - The Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has reported that residue inspections found 5.4 picograms of dioxin in 6.2 tons of frozen pork imported from Chile late last month.
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Korea's permissible level of the toxin is 2 picograms. One picogram is equivalent to one trillionth of a gram. An excess level of dioxin was also discovered in Chilean pork on July 3.

Seoul quarantine authorities have notified the pork exporter to halt shipments and will strengthen inspections, reports the Digital Chosun.

A ministry official says if the tests point to a problem with Chilean pork across the board, Seoul can enact a complete ban. Chile exported 45,060 tons of pork to Korea last year, second in volume only to the U.S.

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