ANNOUNCEMENT 13 May 2009In May 2009, the government of Japan announced a change in trade-relevant health safety standards.
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Notification to the WTO no. G/SPS/N/JPN/229, 13 May 2009
Japan is currently reviewing its standards and specifications for foods and food additives under its Food Sanitation Law. It is expected to result in a list of new maximum residual levels (MRL) for the following substances: imicyafos, pyrasulfotole, destomycin A and terdecamycin.
The imported products implicated by this review are stated in a notification by Japan to the WTO and include: Meat and edible meat offal; Dairy and eggs; Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers; Edible fruits; and Cereals.
The motivation for this review were two major food scandals in Japan in 2008, the second of which resulted in the resignation of Japan's agriculture minister. Consequently, food labelling laws were toughened in Japan and a review of food sanitation law promised.