South Korea halts imports of German meat over dioxin scare
South Korea has halted imports of pork and poultry products from Germany after dioxin-tainted feed was given to pigs and chickens in the European country, DPA reported.
Quarantines of German meat products have been introduced, Chang Jae Hong, deputy leader of the quarantine department in South Korea's Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, said Saturday.
The measure is temporary and is not a formal import ban, he said.
It would remain in place "until we hear that the meat is safe," Chang said.
German meat products already in South Korea would be checked by the ministry to determine whether they contained dioxin, Chang added.
The dioxin scandal in Germany broke at the beginning of the week on news that fats contaminated with the carcinogen were used to produce animal feed. It resulted in the culling of chickens, destruction of eggs and the closing of farms.