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SKorea’s new 7-language food safety site boosts food cluster

Sunday, November 6, 2016 23:23
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South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety is now hosting a new website in multiple languages, a move that certainly supports the government’s new National Food Cluster.

The National Food Cluster – more than 150 food and food research and development units – is coming out of the ground near Iskan in southwestern Korea. By rail, that’s about 90 minutes south of the where the Ministry is, near Osong station south of Seoul.

The seven-language website will close that distance with sections on food, drugs, agriculture, fish and livestock, and cosmetics and medical devices, in addition to food safety. The site also breaks down the Ministry into its functional parts.

Sohn Mungi, minister of food and drug safety, said his agency exists to protect and promote public health. He says as more people become health conscious, they are demanding safe and reliable food.

The National Food Cluster is one of President Geun-hye Park’s “creative economy” projects, designed to spur job growth from selected industries

Korea has invested $500 million in the National Food Cluster, including three state-of-the-art of research and development units for food safety, quality and packaging. Food companies from China, Japan and other counties interesting in Asia have been joined the cluster.

At build-out the food cluster, which is called Foodpolis, will employ 22,000 and generate annual revenues of $14 billion.

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