- The positive list system applies to food contact plastics only; Current regulations on food contact materials are still applicable; The positive list system is expected to be implemented before June 22
- Japan’s official food contact materials positive lists were finally opened to public feedback, following previous informal disclosure of an internal version on Jun 13.
- In Japan, mandatory labeling of gene-edited food is likely to be implemented.
- The informal draft of positive lists of additives and polymers used in food contact materials was disclosed, however the official consultation draft is expected to face the public in July or August.
- 8 food additives were granted usage approval in Japan
- From 2023 Japan will impose more stringent requirements for food products using "free from GMO" labeling claims.
- On January 30, 2019, Japan's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) announced plans to import 20,000 metric tons (MT) of butter and 20,000 MT of non-fat dry milk (NFDM) for Japanese
- On Jan. 22, 2018, Japan MHLW announced the amendments to "Specifications and Standards for Food and Food Additives", which mainly revised the residue limit of 6 pesticide and veterinary drugs