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Japan Non-Compliant Food Data in Feb. 2022: 47 Batches of Imported Food

The major reasons for food rejection in February were violation of food and additive standards, detection of toxic or harmful substances, excessive pesticide residues.

According to the latest data issued by MHLW on non-compliant food, a total of 47 batches of food imported from 22 countries/regions failed customs inspection in February 2022. Most non-compliant imported food in February came from China (25.5%, mostly processed vegetables), followed by South Korea and Italy (both occupied 8.5%). Notably, prepared or preserved fish and shellfish accounted for the majority of the overall rejections. 

-gai.pngFood rejections were primarily associated with the violation of food and additive standards (20 batches). In addition, detection of toxic and harmful substances and excessive pesticide residues were also important reasons, which amounted to 17 batches and 7 batches respectively.

In Japan, only food additives granted approval can be used in food, including existing food additives, natural flavoring agents, designated food additives, etc. Among the substandard food that violated the food additive standard, three batches were found to contain additives that do not belong to designated additives, namely, TBHQ, azorubine, and cyclamate. Enterprises need to pay attention to the correct use of additives and ensure compliance with Japanese regulations

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