According to a report by Asian E, BuzzFeed Japan is spreading false information about South Korea's laws on leftover food.
Recently, BuzzFeed Japan reported that it's legal in South Korea to re-serve leftover food in restaurants. However, the newly updated guideline by South Korea's Ministry of Food and Drug Safety clearly states the reuse of ingredients is not permitted.
Some of the criteria on the updated food guideline is as follows:
- Sashimi, sushi, and kimbap may not be reused once out for display
- Baked goods with creams such as cake may not be reused
- Fried foods and japchae may not be reused
- Displayed foods must be 20cm apart from one another
- Foods that are displayed for over 2 hours must be discarded
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There is an exception. Uncooked foods/ingredients such as garlic, pepper, grapes, lettuce, bananas, peanuts, chocolate, etc. may be reused, only if uncooked and have followed the proper display guidelines.
BuzzFeed Japan used only parts of the guideline (the foods listed in the exception) for their article, and stated, "It's legal in South Korea to reuse ingredients."
The article gained over 32K retweets - making Japanese netizens express disgust against South Korea. Comments stated, "I'm never going to visit Korea," "I can't believe this is a cultural difference."
Meanwhile, South Korean netizens are expressing anger against the false report for depicting Korea maliciously.