Aug 02, 2001
VOL. I
NUMBER 6300-06

Australia warns Korea of agricultural chemical in meat
Australian authorities have notified the Seoul government that agricultural chemicals were detected in its meat products, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry said yesterday.
By THE KOREA HERALD
August 2, 2001, Thursday

Australian authorities have notified the Seoul government that agricultural chemicals were detected in its meat products, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry said yesterday.

The official paper from Australian authorities reported that 0.02 mg to 0.07 mg of Bioresmethrin (BRM) per kilogram of meat was found in four out of 1,024 residue tests conducted by Australian authorities since July 2000.

The BRM source was traced to feed treated with BRM, but the notice added the substance was not harmful to humans.

Australia will ban the use of BRM and establish residue tolerance limits for meat by November after the completion of more tests, the report said.

The ministry asked the Australian government to send related data about the area where BRM was found and the related slaughterhouses. It also plans to run residue tests on meat imported from Australia.

"The level of the detected agricultural chemical in the meat doesn't endanger humans," a ministry official said. The amount of meat imported from Australia last year came to 62,044 tons, making up 27.9 percent of all imported meat.