Dog Meat Restaurants Face Health Inspection

      April 14, 2008 10:05

      The Seoul Metropolitan Government will carry out the first sanitary inspection of dog meat restaurants since 1988, when the capital hosted the Olympic Games.

      The city government said Sunday it will collect dog meat dishes from 530 restaurants in Seoul between April and May without prior notice and test them to find whether the food contains antibiotics, heavy metals and harmful germs.

      The city government in May 1984 announced a ban on the sale of traditional health boosters like soups made of snake and dog meat. It had carried out a massive inspection of dog meat restaurants every year until 1988, but not since then.

      The scheduled inspection suggests the city will allow the sale of canine meat, acknowledging that the 1984 ban has been wholly ineffective. It is to gather opinions on the sale of canine meat and next month ask the central government to create the legal basis to include dogs in livestock, making it possible to manage the butchery of dogs and cooking of their meat.

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