▲ Lee Hyori is likely to receive a warning for labling her beans organic. Photo courtesy acrofan
Lee Hyori looks to have escaped prison or a fine after labeling her beans organic without official authorization. She was reported to authorities after selling homegrown beans at a local flea market in Aewol-eup in mid-November.
It is Korean law that to use such a label producers must go through a rigorous registration and inspection process according to the Environmentally Friendly Agriculture Promotion Act. Investigations are then carried out by the National Agricultural Products Quality Management Service (NAQS).
Knowing violation of registration procedures carries a maximum penalty of 30 million won and three years in prison. A warning is normally issued for first-time unwitting offenders.
A spokesperson for B2M Entertainment told OSENthe singer was unaware of the regulations and the beans had been grown at her home in Sogil-ri, Aewol-eup. She then sold them at a flea market in nearby Jangjeon-ri.
“We were contacted by them [the NAQS] saying they need to check to see if she cultivated it on her own. We are waiting for the results," said the spokesperson.
The star is fully expected to escape with just a warning.
Lee, known for her hits such as “Hey Mr Big” and “Bad Girls,” runs a popular blog through which she updates fans about her life on Jeju. On Oct. 24th she even providedcoverageof her harvesting the offending beans, telling fans of her “hip chair,” which allows the harvester to “sit down whenever, wherever you want!”
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