Every time food supplies are imported, the Food and Beverage Safety Center will conduct an inspection to check whether the food is rotten, whether the food is kept at proper temperatures or whether the food has signs of dirt or spoilage. For the food that failed the initial inspection, its samples will be taken for a microbiological exam and a physiochemical exam.
For most of the cases, the import and inspection of food supplies will be allowed only when the Expo site is closed between 11 pm and 7 am; however, if food supplies need to be imported more frequently, one can ask the Food and Beverage Safety Center to arrange an inspection during opening hours.
For more information on food import procedures and inspection criteria, please visit Yeosu Expo’s official website (http://eng.expo2012.kr) to find the Food Entry Guide for EXPO 2012 Yeosu Korea on the “Documents for Participants” page under the “EXPO 2012” menu.
Food service businesses are required to properly mark the country of origin for food products, including agricultural products, fishery products and processed products, in order to protect both producers and consumers.
Food products that should be marked with country of origin include beef, pork, chicken and duck—raw, packaged or processed—for roasting, soup, steaming, or deep-frying; rice (including steamed rice) that is cooked or sold with its original form retained; and cabbage kimchi (salted, seasoned, or fermented) served as a side dish.
Fishery products that should be marked with country of origin include halibuts (flatfish), rockfish (Sebastes schlegeli), red sea-breams, octopuses, weatherfish, and eels (freshwater eels).
The menu or a bulletin board in your business site needs to indicate whether the food is “domestic” or “imported.” For more details, please visit the website of the National Agricultural Products Quality Management Service at http://www.origin.go.kr.
Food service personnel are required to make sure that food and food additives are handled in a clean and sanitary manner when they are collected, produced, processed, used, cooked, stored, transported, and displayed. Also, food service personnel should handle appliances, containers and packaging in a clean and sanitary manner.
In addition, food handlers cannot display or sell food and drink that harm or may harm our bodies, and they cannot advertise their food in a way that the quality, nutrients, raw materials or ingredients of their food seem to have a positive effect on a certain disease or to be mistaken for a medicine.
For more information, please visit Yeosu Expo’s official website (http://eng.expo2012.kr) to find the Food Safety Management Rules for EXPO 2012 Yeosu Korea on the “Participation” page under the “EXPO 2012” menu.
Any food service personnel are required to have a health screening for the purpose of food safety. People who need to be medically screened are those who collect, process, cook, store, transport, or sell food or food additives. However, those who transport or sell perfectly packaged food or food additives are exempted from the requirement to have the medical screening done.
The medical screening should be done before the food service business is reported. It can be done at the Health Center of the City of Yeosu, and the purpose is to detect evidence of diseases such as typhoid, tuberculosis, and infectious (bacterial) skin diseases.* The medical screening fee is 1,500 Korean won, and the screening takes about 30 minutes.** The Health Center of the City of Yeosu (Phone: 061-683-4000) is at 174 Hak-dong, Yeosu-si.
In order to report your business, you should first build facilities of your business and submit the business application form and other required documents to the public service office in the city hall of Yeosu.
Among the required documents, those which you should submit on your own are the food safety certificate and a medical report. For more information, please refer to the table below.
The rest of the required documents will be prepared and submitted by the Food Safety Division of the Organizing Committee.* To contact the Food Safety Division, call at 061-659-2744 and find Ms. Hye-won Kim or Mr. Seong-keun Kim.
In order to prevent food safety problems from occurring, those who wish to engage in food service businesses are required to take a food safety training course for 6 hours and receive a certificate in advance. Please note that you are required to submit the certificate when you report your business.* The training program is about food sanitation, personal hygiene, policies on food sanitation, food quality management and so on.
In addition, those who are not present in their business or those who run two or more businesses should appoint a person in charge of food safety management and make sure the person in charge receives food safety training.
The organizations that provide the food safety training include the Korea Food Service Industry Association (http://www.ekra.or.kr), the Korea Snack Bar Association (http://www.efa.or.kr), and the Korea Bakery Association (http://www.bakery.or.kr). They provide the training course one to four times a month. Since information on their websites is available only in Korean, please have your Korean employee assist you when visiting the websites.
If you would like to register for the training course, please visit the Yeosu Office of the Korea Food Service Industry Association. You have to bring two photos (3 cm x 4 cm) and training fee of 24,000 Korean won and fill out an application form on site.*Address of the Yeosu Office: 212-6 Hak-dong, Yeosu-si (near the back of the City Hall)
From April to May this year, food safety courses are scheduled as follows: Venue: Yeongam Youth Center (Phone: +82-61-470-1000)Dates: Apr. 4 (Wed), Apr. 25 (Wed), May 9 (Wed), and May 24 (Thu)
Venue: Gurye Community Center (Phone: +82-61-780-2186)Dates: Apr. 17 (Tue) and May 17 (Thu)
Your commercial activities will be regarded as food service business according to Korea’s Food Sanitation Act. You can open a snack bar, a restaurant or a bakery in your pavilion, and if you do, you are required to report your business to the mayor of Yeosu.
1. In a snack bar, one can make and sell such items as beverages and ice cream. However, the sale of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.2. In a restaurant, one can cook and sell food and beverage, including alcoholic beverages. Menus can be anything from Korean, Japanese, Chinese food to snack food and western-style food.3. In a bakery, one can bake and sell bread, rice cake, cookies, and so on. However, the sale of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.
Only vehicles that were issued both a vehicle pass and a parking permit in advance are allowed to be parked in the International Pavilion. To apply for the vehicle pass and parking permit, please contact the Accreditation Center at the Security Department.
In principle, vehicles can pass the Expo site only when the site is closed between 11 pm and 9 am.
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- be 18 years or older as of May 2012;
- demonstrate strong commitment to providing service to others;
- abide by rules and regulations and attend compulsory training programs;
- be available to work 10 weekdays and 8 weekends during the Expo period;
- possess the necessary qualifications and expertise in the case of working in specialized areas;