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High Quality Ensured by Agriproduct Certification!
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from Ingredients and Taste to
Production Process and Quality Control
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What we eat is very important nowadays. Interest in health is on the rise and many consumers are getting more health-conscious, looking for the food that’s good and helpful for the body. Nevertheless, our dining tables are still threatened by low-quality food ingredients, harmful additives, and low-grade foodstuff produced through unhygienic food manufacturing processes. The real problem is that ordinary consumers cannot distinguish good food from bad with the naked eye. In order to purchase high-quality and safe agriproducts, it can be helpful to learn about the quality certification marks granted by the government and relevant authorities and what they stand for. The Korean government enforces a certification system that ensures the quality of Korean agricultural products. To help readers both at home and abroad identify higher quality and more reliable agriproducts, <Korea AgraFood> introduces Korea’s agriproduct-related certifications and marks.

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Quality Certification Mark for Citron Tea


This mark was designed to differentiate Korean citron tea in the overseas markets and promote the high-quality image of the tea. The system is operated jointly by the Korea Agro-Fisheries & Food Trade Corp., a government agency, and the Citron Tea Export Association. The mark is only given to citron tea products that pass the tests conducted by authoritative food institutes. These include the citron flesh content test (the required minimum is 32 percent), foreign matter test, finished product test, and inspection of manufacturing factories. At the moment, the quality-certification mark is attached to eight brands of citron tea produced by five citron tea producers.

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Kimchi Character for Kimchi Made in Korea


In 2001, the Korean government devised a kimchi character, “Kimchi,” and the character has been featured on exported kimchi products. The system makes it easy to distinguish the kimchi produced in Korea from foreign kimchi. To this end, the Korean government grants the right to use the character only to the fermented kimchi made with radish and napa cabbage grown in Korean soil.

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Certification of Quality for Traditional Food Products


The traditional food quality certification system run by the Korean government guarantees the quality of the traditional Korean foods whose taste, scent, and color are inherent to Korea, which are made with home-grown food ingredients and processed using the age-old traditional methods. The Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs Ministry determines which items can obtain the quality certification after the comprehensive examination of various factors including marketability, popular appeal, and traditionalism. Currently, there are 79 categories - hangwa (traditional Korean sweets and cookies), jang (sauces and pastes), samgyetang (chicken soup with ginseng), beverages, etc. - and a total of 500 products have obtained the traditional food quality certification.

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Certification for Organi- cally Processed Food


The organically processed food certification system was developed to improve the reliability of organic agricultural product marks, to protect consumers, and to encourage agriproduct producers and suppliers to provide organically processed high-quality food. Organically processed food refers to the products that are made by processing in an organic way the organic produce and organic livestock that received organic agriproduct certification in accordance with the related legislation. The certified items amount to 230 kinds including confectionery, bread, candy, noodles, etc.

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Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Certification

Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) stands for the standards to control hazardous factors such as agricultural chemicals, heavy metals, or harmful organisms that can remain in the agricultural environment, including soil and water, or in agricultural products. GAP standards should be applied throughout the entire process from cultivation and harvesting to packaging in order to secure the food safety of agricultural products. Building GAP-certified production systems has been playing a huge role in increasing consumer recognition and trust of agriproducts produced in Korea.

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HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) Certification


HACCP is a hygiene control system designed to identify hazardous factors that can arise at each step before end consumers get the products - in the process of selecting food ingredients, production, processing, preservation, distribution, and cooking. Countries such as the US, Japan, and the European Union advise application of HACCP to all food products.

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Certification of Quality for Alcohol


The alcohol quality certification system was developed by the Korean Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs to improve the quality of alcoholic drinks, promote the production of high-quality alcoholic drinks, and thereby protect consumers. It was first introduced in 2011 and applied to makgeolli (unrefined rice wine), yakju (medicinal wine), cheongju (refined, clear rice wine), and gwasilju (fruit wine).

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Protected Geographical Indication System


Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) System promotes the place-of-origin indication on the agriproducts whose quality, reputation, or other characteristics originated from a certain geographical region or area.

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Whimori, a Co- Brand of Exported Agriproducts


Whimori is a co-brand of high-class agriproducts for export. The name conveys the rhythm at the climax of pansori, a traditional Korean music genre. It reflects the Korean government’s ambitions to build the best brand of exported agriproducts. The Whimori mark can be attached only to the high-quality agriproducts produced with rigid quality control at each step of cultivation, harvesting, sorting, packaging, and safety inspection. Currently, 11 products including paprika, strawberry, pear, apple, kimchi, and rose are exported under the brand name Whimori.

Park Sung Eun  parkse@agrinet.co.kr

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