Frozen Meat Storages Not Up to Temperature Standards
A majority of department stores and discount stores in Korea do not meet the refrigerator and freezer temperature standards for preserving meat and dairy products, putting consumers' health at risk, a consumer protection group revealed yesterday.
According to the Citizen's Alliance for Consumer Protection of Korea (CACPK), which conducted a study of 15 department stores and discount stores in Seoul, Kwachon and Ilsan Oct. 20-21, 38 percent of tested refrigerators and 21 percent of freezers failed to meet the standards.
According to the Korean regulation for storing meat and dairy products, refrigerators must be kept at under 10 degrees Celsius and freezers must be turned on at minimum 18 degrees below zero.
One of the Grand Mart supermarkets tested, for example, had its freezer at 1.8 degrees below zero, and the main Lotte Department Store's seafood freezer measured 10.3 degrees below zero -- both far from the 18 degree below zero law requires.
Other stores tested similarly, failing to meet standards by 4-7 degrees.
``Temperature is the life to keeping meats and dairy products fresh. The fact that even that's not being maintained shows that these distributors are violating the most basic of consumer rights,'' Kim Ae-kyung, manager for CACPK said. …