Article 27. Seafood Traceability System
The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (MOF) of Korea introduced the Seafood Traceability System (STS) to tackle mislabeling of seafood and ensure consumer safety. The STS provides traceability information (name, fishing date, name of sea, catch quantity, and processing facility) on a product at a glance using barcode and QR code-based information technology.
Species Covered: The domestic STS is mostly voluntary except for two mandatory products – dried yellow croaker and raw oyster
Article 31. Traceability of Imported Fishery Products.
The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (MOF) adopted the Imported Seafood Traceability System after rising public concerns about mislabeled seafood imports. MOF took over the Korean Customs Services’ duty to monitor 21 fishery products (as of January 2023). According to the rule, importers/distributors of designated 17 species need to report trading details (i.e. statement of interaction) by putting domestic buyers’ information in the online Seafood Distribution History Management System.
Species Covered: Glass Eels/Live Eels(Anguilla), Frozen Corvina(Croaker), Live Israel Carp, Live Poulp Squid, Loaches, Fresh Or Chilled Alaska Pollack, Scallops, Frozen Scallops, Sea-Bream, Frozen Saury, Edible Sea Salt, Frozen Swimming Crab, Salted Opossum Shrimp, Fresh Or Chilled Hair-Tail, Live Sea-Squirts, Fresh Skates, Live Hagfish, Live Yellow Tail.