Republic of Korea: Processed fruit/vegetable product and instant tea product in powder form in which barley sprouts makes up 50% or more of the final product will shortly be subject to an Inspection Order (MAA 2019-09)

Date of issue: 2 December 2019

Date of effect: 25 November 2019 - 24 November 2020


  • Industries—Industry bodies – Australian Food and Grocery Council
  • Registered plant exporters
  • Department of Agriculture —Central and Regional offices, Food Export Documentation, Registration and Licensing Unit


To notify food exporters that the Republic of Korea will shortly be enforcing an inspection order.

Summary of key points

The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, Republic of Korea, will expand the scope of applicable foods subject to an Inspection Order.  From 25 November 2019, any processed fruit/vegetable product and instant tea product in powder form in which barley spouts make up 50% or more of the final product regardless of country of manufacture, will be subject to the Inspection Order on arrival in Korea.

Samples of product will be taken and analysed for:

  • Metallic foreign matters (iron powder), and
  • Escherichia coli (only applies to processed fruit/vegetable product)

The enforcement period is from 25 November 2019 to 24 November 2020.

A person or entity who intends to import foods subject to the Inspection Order is required to submit a test report issued by MFDS-approved laboratories when making an import declaration.

Further information

Contact if you have any queries.

The information provided in this advice is current at the time of writing and is intended for use as guidance only and should not be taken as definitive or exhaustive. The Commonwealth endeavours to keep information current and accurate, however, it may be subject to change without notice. Exporters are encouraged to verify these details with their importers prior to undertaking production/exports. The Commonwealth will not accept liability for any loss resulting from reliance on information contained in this notice.

Last reviewed: 2 December 2019
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