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South Korean food rejected by Chinese customs surge 280 percent

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South Korean food products rejected by Chinese customs surged amid heightened tensions surrounding the diplomatic row over the deployments of a U.S. anti-missile defense system here, official data showed Sunday.

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In March and April 95 shipments of food were turned back by Chinese customs, up a sharp 280 percent from 25 rejections posted for the same two-month period in 2016, the state-run Korea Agro-Fisheries & Food Trade Corporation said.

It said items rejected included various cookies and crackers, beverages and drinks as well as seafood products.

The state organization said during the two month period, South Korean food products rejected by Beijing accounted for 14.5 percent of all goods that were sent back by the world's No. 2 economy, up from just 1 percent of the total a year earlier.

In the January through April period total shipments that failed to clear inspections reach 102 from 49 the year before. Numbers for May have not been released.

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