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Food Safety/Animal and Plant Health

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Food Safety/Animal and Plant Health

Japanese foods are nurtured and distributed with full attention on safety issues.

Continuing to respond to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident, MAFF and other governmental organizations including local administrations, are taking actions to ensure that the public is exposed to no foods over the limits.

Programs for animal and plant health target prevention of the spread of diseases caused by parasites, bacteria, viruses and elimination of other threats to the agriculture and food industry.

Here is information on issues related to food safety/animal and plant health.

1. Response to Radionuclide Contamination in Foods and Results of Inspections on Radioactivity Levels

Here is an outline of MAFF response and the results of inspections on radioactivity in agricultural, fisheries and livestock products.

Click the title of each article to view the information.

Response to Radionuclide Contamination in Foods after Subsequent to the Nuclear Power Plant Accident

This site provides slides explaining the MAFF response to foods contaminated by radionuclides after the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident. The slides also explain the basis of the regulatory values established by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.

Results of inspections on radioactivity levels in agricultural products

Test results of radioactive cesium in foods have been made public daily by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) since March 2011. The tables that follow summarized test results by category of agricultural product since April 1st, 2014 in 17 prefectures to which the Government prescribes that testing be performed.

Results of the monitoring on radioactivity level in fisheries products

The Fisheries Agency, in cooperation with prefectural governments and relevant organizations, samples and inspects fishery products at the major fishing ports in Fukushima and neighboring prefectures on a weekly basis in its monitoring program for possible contamination of fishery resources.

Results of inspections on radioactivity levels in livestock products

The relevant prefectural governments have implemented a comprehensive inspection program that screens for radioactive impact on livestock produce.

 

IAEA evaluates Japan’s efforts positively in their report issued on February 2015. It says “the measures taken to monitor and respond to issues regarding radionuclide contamination of food in Japan are appropriate and the food supply chain is under control”.

The IAEA continues to consider that systems are in place and are being implemented that prevent food and agricultural products with levels of caesium radionuclides in excess of the national regulatory limits from entering the food supply chain. Food restrictions continue to be revised and updated as necessary, in line with food sampling and monitoring, and this indicates the continued vigilance of the authorities in Japan and their commitment to protecting consumers and trade. Based on the information that has been made available, the Joint IAEA / FAO Division understands that the measures taken to monitor and respond to issues regarding radionuclide contamination of food are appropriate, and that the food supply chain is under control.

 

2. Animal and Plant Health

Animal Health

Animal quarantine is practiced around the world to prevent to prevent the entry of animal diseases.

Here is information on Japan's animal quarantine system.

Please confirm the information below and other related information before exporting or importing animals, animal products or meat products.

Animal diseases: the outbreak situations in Japan and OIE statuses

According to the Act on Domestic Animal Infectious Diseases, Surveillance (livestock) Diseases are defined as Domestic Animal Infectious Diseases and Notifiable Infectious Diseases.

  • Comparison of the outbreak situation of monitored infectious diseases between 1937 and 2013

Information on Animal Quarantine

Laws and Standards

Related Organizations (External Links)

 

Plant Health

MAFF operates a network of strategically-located plant quarantine facilities to prevent spread of plant pests and to implement pest control.

Here are some details of Japan's plant protection system.

Please refer to the topic below for more information on exporting and importing plants and plant products.

Information on plant quarantine

Plant Quarantine Measures and Procedures Required for Exporting Agricultural Products

Related Organizations (External Links)

 

 

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