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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Data of 'kimchi panic'

This article is data for former article 'Kimchi panic'
Following isuues are Chosun.com's.

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Parasites Found in Chinese Kimchi
The Yeoungcheon Market in Seodaemun, Seoul, on Friday. Customers are avoiding manufactured kimchi after a fresh food scare over parasite eggs found in kimchi imported from China.

Chinese-made kimchi has been found to be contaminated with parasites, in a fresh scare only weeks after kimchi from the country was found to have comparatively high lead content.

“After we found parasite eggs in nine out of 16 Chinese kimchi products that are sold online, we have given orders to collect and destroy the concerned companies’ products,” the Korea Food and Drug Administration (KFDA) said Friday.

The food safety watchdog is also investigating 18 domestic kimchi brands, and has so far found eight of them free from contamination.
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China Gears Up to Avenge Korean Food Safety Warnings

After revelations that freshwater fish imported from China was tainted with the carcinogenic dye malachite green and Chinese-produced kimchi contained parasites and unusually high levels of lead, Beijing appears to be getting ready to avenge its tainted honor. "Inspections have shown that Korean products contain malachite green as well, but the Korean government without notifying the Chinese government, and without a seeking consensus on the issue, simply made an announcement in the press as if Chinese products were the only products with such problems," a Chinese government official said. "If there is a repeat of these or similar gestures by the Korean government, we will have no choice but to take appropriate measures ourselves.”
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More Chinese Kimchi Found Parasite-Infested
The Korea Food and Drug Administration has found more Chinese-made kimchi infested with parasites.
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China Hits Back in Kimchi Farce

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said China's General Administration of Quality Supervision Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) banned 10 Korean products -- seven Kimchi products, a hot pepper paste and a broiled beef spice mixture -- saying it also found parasite eggs in the products. China regularly checks imports from Korea, but it is rare for the country to announce its findings.
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Tainted Korean Kimchi Could Be Sold in China’s Black Market
China’s CCTV channel on Wednesday shed light on reports that China declared a blanket ban on Korean products it does not officially import, presumably in retaliation for a Korean warning over the safety of Chinese food imports.
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Korean Kimchi in Parasite Shock

The Korea Food and Drug Administration on Thursday confirmed Chinese claims that some Korean-made kimchi are infested with parasites. Mostly made by small manufacturers, the brands have been sold in department stores, hotels and via home shopping channels, and also exported to Japan. The find hits a doubly sensitive spot because it could damage the reputation of a Korean signature dish for whose healthful properties large claims have been made and comes hard on the heels of domestic warnings of parasites in Chinese-made kimchi.

The KFDA said Thursday it tested kimchi products from 502 local companies and found parasite eggs in 16 brands.

The 16 accounted for 4.9 percent of total domestic kimchi production last year.

The tainted kimchi mainly contained the eggs of roundworm, which lives in dogs and cats. The KFDA assumes the excrement of animals living on farms where cabbage for kimchi is grown was not washed off properly in the production process.

However, experts say eating kimchi infested with parasite eggs is unlikely to cause serious health problems since the eggs are premature and excreted from the body. Humans are rarely infected by roundworm from animals, and there are effective worm treatments if they are.

The KFDA also tested 54 Korean-made ingredients for kimchi and found parasite eggs in one brand of salted cabbage. Tests of 165 Korean cabbages showed eight infested with parasites, suggesting the blame lies mainly with cabbage. However, no parasite eggs were found in Chinese kimchi ingredients like cabbage and hot chilli powder.

The KFDA seized inventories of the tainted kimchi products and ordered the 16 manufacturers to test the remainder of their stock. Half of the 16 tainted kimchi producers earn less than W100 million (US$100,000) a year. One of them, the Namyang Agricultural Cooperative in Hawseong, Gyeonggi Province, has halted operation of its factory.
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http://english.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/200511/200511030027.html
head lien only hina, Japan Unfazed by Parasites in Korean Kimchi
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