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Japan MHLW Revises Food and Additives Specification Standards and Detection Methods of Pesticides in food

  •   1 Dec 2017
  •    Giacomo Colaci Cirillo
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  • Japan MHLW announced the revision of various food and additive specification standards and detection methods of Pesticides in food.

On 24th of November, Japan Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare announced two law revisions: one concerning Food and additive specification standards and the other modifying Detection methods of Pesticides in food.

The contents of the first revision include:

-Detection methods for 2,4,5-Trichlorophenoxyacetic acid, Tebufenozide and Malachite Green in food and maximum permitted level of 2,4,5-Trichlorophenoxyacetic acid in food lowered from 0.05mg/kg to 0.01mg/kg (unchanged at 0.01mg/kg in mineral waters)

-Elimination of “Detection methods for Arsenic in drinks other than mineral water” in refreshing beverages ingredient specifications

As for the second revision, it includes:

-Detection methods for 2,4,5-Trichlorophenoxyacetic acid and Diaminozide in agriculture and livestock products

-Detection methods for Malachite green and Leucomalachite green in livestock products

The revised areas mainly involve suitable objects, sample preparation and testing requirements.

The above provisions are to be enforced on the date of their announcement. 

Reference links

Revision of food and additives Specification Standards (Japanese)
Revision of Detection methods for Pesticides in  food (Japanese)

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