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Food Safety Testing Requirements for Vietnamese Chili Pepper Exports to South Korea

Updated: Aug 25, 2023

Vietnamese chili pepper exporters to South Korea have recently received a new directive from the BTO-Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. The official communication was sent to the Plant Protection Department, local districts, towns, cities, the Provincial Business Association, and chili pepper exporting enterprises to South Korea. This directive concerns the food safety inspection requirements imposed by the Korean authorities on chili pepper exports.

Export of chili peppers to South Korea
Export of chili peppers to South Korea

The document states that individuals and businesses involved in chili pepper exports must provide the approved results of pesticide residue tests conducted by authorized laboratories accredited by the Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety. These test results must accompany each shipment of chili peppers destined for South Korea. The testing requirements will be effective for a temporary period of one year, starting from March 31, 2023, and ending on March 30, 2024.


chili pepper exporters to South Korea must strictly adhere to Korean food safety regulations and other related requirements imposed by the importing country.
chili pepper exporters to South Korea must strictly adhere to Korean food safety regulations and other related requirements imposed by the importing country.

To ensure smooth production, business operations, and export of chili peppers to South Korea, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development suggests that the Plant Protection Department and relevant local authorities disseminate this information to all organizations and individuals engaged in or interested in chili pepper exports. Additionally, it is crucial to enhance guidance, training, and public awareness about the regulations and technical solutions related to food safety, particularly concerning pesticide residues.


In addition to complying with the testing requirements, chili pepper exporters to South Korea must strictly adhere to Korean food safety regulations and other related requirements imposed by the importing country. These measures are essential to maintain the trust and confidence of Korean consumers in the quality and safety of Vietnamese chili peppers.


Vietnamese chili pepper exporters should ensure compliance with the testing requirements and Korean food safety regulations.
Vietnamese chili pepper exporters should ensure compliance with the testing requirements and Korean food safety regulations.

Prior to this directive, the Plant Protection Department had received a communication from the Korean Embassy, accompanied by a notice from the Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety regarding the inspection requirements for Vietnamese chili peppers in the form of whole fruits. These requirements align with the current directives and further emphasize the importance of meeting the food safety standards set by Korean authorities.


The recent directive from the BTO - Department of Agriculture and Rural Development regarding food safety inspections for chili peppers exported to South Korea highlights the significance of maintaining high standards in food safety and quality. Vietnamese chili pepper exporters should ensure compliance with the testing requirements and Korean food safety regulations. By doing so, they can continue to contribute to the successful export of chili peppers and foster a mutually beneficial trade relationship between Vietnam and South Korea.


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