Chamwaes, which are fruits with a yellow rind cultivated in South Korea, are now officially recognized internationally as the Korean melon.
The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety said Wednesday that the 48th Session of the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues held from April 25th to the 30th in Chongqing, China, decided to classify the Korean fruit in the melon family.
So far, there had been no international category for South Korea's chamwae, limiting its sales to only a few markets such as Hong Kong and Singapore.
With the official name, the fruit will be able to be sold to other markets as well, such as the European Union and Southeast Asia, as long as 31 international standards regarding pesticide residues are met.
An official of the ministry said it is the first time that chamwae is officially classified as melon, expressing hope that it will boost related exports.