Although the government is thoroughly inspected, the domestic seafood industry and consumers are bound to be anxious. In particular, I am worried that Japanese seafood will be deceived as if it were domestic.

Reporter Hong Seung-yeon contributed to this report.

A fish market in
Ulsan. Special Judicial Police officers check the indication of origin.

[Kwon In-ho/Ulsan City Civil Welfare Judicial Police Division Investigator: In the case of live seafood, all items are subject to indication of origin...]

In the run-up to the discharge of contaminated water, the government and local governments have decided to strengthen contaminated water inspections and seafood safety inspections, but civil unrest remains.

[Kwak Chang-suk/Busan Jingu: From the consumer's point of view, it will eventually accumulate in the human body. I won't eat it either, so now in the future...]

I am worried that the number of unmarked and false indications of origin for seafood from Japan will increase.

In the past three years, more than 3 cases have been caught falsely labeling Japanese products as domestic or not labeling them at all, mostly in multi-use facilities such as food stalls, buffets, and rest areas that are difficult to detect.

[Kim Hye-young/Busan Dong-gu: They say that almost 4% of the snapper is made in Japan. They do it all because they fake the country of origin, so I'm very worried.]

Merchants also ran out of fire on their feet.

[Merchant: (Made in Japan) Say, 'We don't eat at all, we don't eat sashimi at all'. I still can't do business, but if I release that radioactive (contaminated water), I can not eat sashimi at all.]

[Min Eun-joo/Busan Environmental Movement Coalition Secretary-General: We need to monitor exactly how it is distributed on the market, the process of getting to the table, whether it is coming from Japan, and whether it is in the middle.]

An average of about 90,3 tons of seafood from Japan enters the country a year. It is important to strengthen the crackdown on the indication of origin, but it is pointed out that measures such as transparent disclosure of information and investigation should be taken in parallel.

(Video Interview: Jeong Kyung-moon)

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