Tuesday, September 23, 2008

News from the familial homeland

Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling for meats, fresh produce, peanuts, and some frozen produce goes into effect at the end of the month (just in time for Rosh Hashanah, in case you hadn't noticed). We are way behind South Korea, where consumers have been inspecting their meat labels for a while because they would hate to end up with U.S. beef, which they figure is unsafe because we slaughter downer cows for human consumption and have a few documented cases of mad cow disease (and would probably have many more if we actually tried to monitor for it more than half-heartedly).

Ninety percent of people surveyed are avoiding U.S. beef for the upcoming harvest festival, according to this article from a Korean news agency. Now, you could surmise that people prefer to eat local for their harvest festivals, but the avoidance of U.S. beef extends to other times of the year. Thirty percent of respondents said they won't even eat in a restaurant that serves U.S. beef because they have concerns about its safety. Even if they'd been planning to order chicken?

I was feeling so at one with my Korean cousins until I read that last part. Alas, I may not eat industrial U.S. beef, but 100 percent of me eats at restaurants that serve it.

1 comment:

johnny dekalb said...

A question Kiapita,
Do you normally check in with the Korean news service, or did you just happen upon it?
I remember reading about COLA when it was first planned to be implemented 5 or 6 years ago. Let's see if it takes this time.