Taiwan checking imported shellfish from South Korea


TAIPEI–The Department of Health (DOH) has begun to check imported shellfish from South Korea batch by batch in the wake of a recent incident of suspected food poisoning from eating South Korea’s raw oysters, a DOH official said Saturday.

“Since June 9, we have begun to check batch by batch oyster and shellfish imports from South Korea,” Tsai Shu-chen, a section chief of DOH’s Food and Drug Administration said.

But she said that so far only one batch of 100 kilograms of shellfish from South Korea is awaiting customs clearance and is being inspected.

Local health authorities have temporarily sealed imported oysters from South Korea, which amounted to 114,210 oysters in 7,204 boxes, Tsai said.

Since late May, 24 people have been reported to have experienced nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea after eating at Taipei restaurants in The Eatogether chain.

Earlier this month, dozens of similar cases were reported in Taichung by people who bought food at Eatogether restaurants in the central Taiwanese city.