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Japan MHLW Unveil 2018 Imported Foods Inspection Orders

  •   13 Apr 2018
  •    Qimei Peng
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Takehome:

  • Japan released the imported foods inspection orders for FY 2018, announcing the food items subject to intensive monitoring in FY 2018.

The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) launched its annual imported foods inspection orders on April 3rd, which lists high risk food items with a history of frequent compliance/safety violations. Several flavorings, nuts, beans etc. are targeted in the inspection orders. The following table lists food items and target country of origin.

Targeted country

Food item subject to inspection orders

Preconditions

Inspection item

Reasons for implementation of inspection

All exporting countries

Blow fish

Only when heterogeneous blow fishes are found

Identification of fish type

Poisonous blowfish

Ikura

-

Nitrite

The volume of nitrite found to exceed 0.0050g/kg

Dried common fig fruit

-

Total volume of aflatoxin (B1, B2, G1, G2 included)

The total volume of aflatoxin found to exceed 10μg/kg

Cassava and its processed products (starch excluded)

-

Chloride

Chloride tested positive  

Beans containing chloride

-

Chloride

Chloride tested positive

Pistachio

Those produced in Iran, Turkey and America

Total volume of aflatoxin (B1, B2, G1, G2 included)

The total volume of aflatoxin found to exceed 10μg/kg

Brazil nut, maize, apricot kernel, walnut, Chile peppercorn, red peppercorn, nutmeg, and coix lacryma-jobi

-

Total volume of aflatoxin (B1, B2, G1, G2 included)

The total volume of aflatoxin found to exceed 10μg/kg

Mixed spices, mixed nuts

Only when 10% or more peanut, pistachio, Brazil nut, maize, red peppercorn, nutmeg and coix lacryma-jobi are contained respectively or totally

Total volume of aflatoxin (B1, B2, G1, G2 included)

The total volume of aflatoxin found to exceed 10μg/kg

Peanut and its processed products (limited to products containing 10% or more peanut)

-

Total volume of aflatoxin (B1, B2, G1, G2 included)

The total volume of aflatoxin found to exceed 10μg/kg

Ammonium bicarbonate and products containing it

Limited to ammonium that produced by BROADTECH CHEMICAL INTERNATIONAL CO.,LTD

Melamine

Melamine usage

Reference link

Announcement issued by MHLW