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Japan MHLW Proposes Amendments to Regulations for Dairy Products

Japan proposes to establish new product standards for certain dairy products that can be stored at room temperature.

On January 19, 2024, Japan Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) revealed an amendment for the Ministerial Ordinance Concerning Compositional Standards, Etc. for Milk and Milk Products (hereinafter the “Standards”). Stakeholders and the public have the opportunity to provide comments on the proposed changes until February 17, 2024. The revised standards are expected to come into effect in mid-March 2024.

Currently, among milk, adjusted milk, low-fat milk, skim milk, processed milk, liquid dairy preparations, and dairy beverages, there is a type of products whose definition falls under either of the following: "store at room temperature" or "No need to store below 10 degrees Celsius". Now, in addition to the room-temperature-storable products that are aseptically filled into containers after sterilization, the proposal also includes products sterilized after being filled into containers that can be similarly stored at room temperature. Provisions and specifications are newly established for them as part of the Standards.

Room-temperature-storable products that are aseptically filled into containers after sterilization

  • Ingredient standards

Dairy products

Current

Proposal

Milk, adjusted milk, low-fat milk, skim milk, processed milk

Bacterial count: 0

Acidity: within 0.02%

Alcohol test: negative

Viable microorganisms:

Negative (No growth of microorganisms)

Dairy beverages & Liquid dairy preparations

Bacterial count: 0

Viable microorganisms:

Negative (No growth of microorganisms)

  • Manufacturing requirements

Dairy products

Current

Proposal

Milk, adjusted milk, low-fat milk, skim milk, processed milk, liquid dairy preparations, and dairy beverages

Products that have been sterilized through a continuous flow heat sterilization machine and filled aseptically into pre-sterilized packaging, as approved by the MHLW.

The food must be processed through a heat sterilization method, either by heating at a temperature of 120 degrees Celsius for 4 minutes, which is sufficient to destroy viable microorganisms derived from raw materials or other sources present in the food, or by a method with equal or greater effectiveness. Additionally, the food must be aseptically filled into appropriate pre-sterilized packaging, and this filling process must be carried out in accordance with the prescribed method.

  • Record keeping provisions related to sterilization

Dairy products

Current

Proposal

Milk, adjusted milk, low-fat milk, skim milk, processed milk, liquid dairy preparations, and dairy beverages

 One year

A reasonable duration, considering the period until consumption.

Room-temperature-storable products that are sterilized after being filled into containers

  • Ingredient standards

Dairy products

Current

Proposal

Milk, adjusted milk, low-fat milk, skim milk, processed milk, and dairy beverages

/

Viable microorganisms:

Negative (No growth of microorganisms)

  • Manufacturing requirements

Dairy products

Current

Proposal

Milk, adjusted milk, low-fat milk, skim milk, and processed milk

/

Except for items that have been heat sterilized by a method involving placing them in a storage-stable container and heating them at 120 degrees Celsius for 4 minutes or using a method with equal or greater sterilization effectiveness, store them at a temperature below 10 degrees Celsius.

  • Record keeping provisions related to sterilization

Dairy products

Current

Proposal

Milk, adjusted milk, low-fat milk, skim milk, processed milk, liquid dairy preparations, and dairy beverages

 One year

A reasonable duration, considering the period until consumption.

Notably

Importantly, following the revisions of the above provision, the provision "requiring a certificate from the government agency of the exporting country of milk products, excluding products approved by the MHLW as room-temperature-storable" shall be deleted simultaneously.

Current

Proposal

The products that require a certificate from the government agency of the exporting country during importation shall be as follows:

  • Milk (excluding milk products approved by the MHLW as suitable for room temperature storage)

  • Dairy product (excluding butter oil, cheese (excluding processed cheese), ice cream and related products, powdered dairy preparations, liquid dairy preparations, lactic acid bacteria beverages, and dairy beverages.)

The products that require a certificate from the government agency of the exporting country during importation shall be as follows:

  • Milk

  • Dairy product (excluding butter oil, cheese (excluding processed cheese), ice cream and related products, powdered dairy preparations, liquid dairy preparations, lactic acid bacteria beverages, and dairy beverages.)


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