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Dairy Firms to Stop Using Japanese Ingredients

05 August 2019

SOUTH KOREA - Namyang Dairy, Maeil Dairies and Seoul Dairy Cooperative are working to stop using dairy products and other ingredients imported from Japan amid the deepening trade dispute between Seoul and Tokyo, according to industry officials Wednesday. Instead, the companies are looking for suppliers in Europe and other parts of the world.

The move comes after consumers here have added milk and dairy products that contain ingredients imported from Japan to the growing list of boycotted products. Consumers have been boycotting a wide range of goods including cosmetics, snacks, electronics, clothes and other consumer goods.

The Japanese government has restricted shipments to Korea of key materials used in chips and displays since 4 July, citing security causes.

Adding to the growing political tensions, Tokyo is expected to remove Seoul from its "whitelist" of countries given preferential trade treatment, 2 August.

Maeil Dairies said it is reviewing to replace Japanese milk and dairy flavorings starting next month, without disclosing further information.

"Japan's economic retaliatory measures affected our decision to cut imports of Japanese milk and dairy flavorings," a Maeil Dairies official said. "However, the move is part of the company's desire to diversify its portfolio."

Namyang Dairies is also considering cutting imports of Japanese milk and dairy raw materials that can be substituted for by other brands.

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Source: The Korea Times

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