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Development direction of geographical indication for globalizing kimchi
Food Sci. Ind. 2021;54:260-267
Published online December 30, 2021
© 2021 Korean Society of Food Science and Technology.

Sunggi Min, Jungeun Cho, and Hye-Young Seo*

World institute of Kimchi
Correspondence to: *Hye-Young Seo, World Institute of Kimchi, Gwangju, 61775, Korea
Tel: +82-62-610-1731
Fax: +82-62-610-1810
Received October 1, 2021; Revised October 21, 2021; Accepted October 21, 2021.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Nowadays kimchi is exported to 80 countries and can be easily found overseas, but the name “Korean Kimchi” has not been protected internationally. Korean kimchi need to be registered as a geographical indication and receive international protection in order to establish its status as the country of origin. With the revision of the Kimchi Industry Promotion Act in 2020, geographical indications were introduced for kimchi and a legal basis was in place to enable the geographical indication as “Korean Kimchi” or “Republic of Korea Kimchi.” Although there are issues remaining between the current system and producers’ associations, we should prioritize the geographical indication as a means of protecting the country’s agricultural products. In addition, efforts should be made to improve the quality and product value of Korean kimchi so that it is also recognized as a global brand.
Keywords : kimchi, Korean Kimchi, Republic of Korea Kimchi, geographical indication

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