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South Korea Proceeds with Hog Traceability System

by 5m Editor
2 August 2010, at 2:01pm

SOUTH KOREA - South Korea’s Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MIFAFF) has announced that it will establish a "nationwide hog farm management system" that will enable a comprehensive farm-to-slaughter management of hogs to improve the farming environment and prevent swine fever.

Each of South Korea’s 9,500 hog farms will be issued a unique five-digit livestock business registration code. The status of each hog farm will be fed into the Korea Animal Health Information System (KAHIS) run by the National Veterinary Research and Quarantine Service (NVRQS). A system will be established for comprehensive management of changes to hog farm status, provision of vaccines, antibody test results and the imposition of negligence fines, among other matters.

According to USMEF staff in Korea, the system described above was developed voluntarily by pork producers to eradicate animal disease, and it applies only to domestic products.
Korea implemented a mandatory beef tracing system that requires all cattle produced in Korea to have proper ID and be tagged and registered with a central data system to be eligible for slaughter.

The goal is to track beef from the consumer to the cattle’s place of birth. The Korean government has stated that it intends to impose a beef tracing system on imported beef effective 21 December 2010. The bill of lading already in use for US beef shipments will meet the traceability requirement and enable trace-back to US suppliers.

5m Editor