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South Korean retailers cut egg prices amid contamination scandal

Staff Writer | August 23, 2017
South Korean retailers are lowering the prices of their egg products amid a decline in demand due to safety concerns sparked after eggs from local farms were found to be contaminated with banned chemicals.
South Korean egg prices
Food scandal   A nationwide inspection
E-Mart, the country's largest discount store chain operator, said a carton of 30 eggs will be cut by 500 won ($0.44) to 6,480 won.

Homeplus, another hypermarket chain operator, also said it will lower the price of a carton of 30 eggs to 6,980 won from 7,990 won.

Lotte Mart, retail giant Lotte's discount chain, plans to cut egg prices as well.

The decision came as the country has been gripped by a fiasco over eggs polluted with insecticides.

After carrying out a nationwide inspection, the government said 52 out of 1,239 egg farms in the country had used illegal pesticides, including fipronil.