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Food labeling & Japanese Agricultural Standard

This website is developed for introducing the system on food labeling and standards for foods which provides useful information for consumers to choose their products.

The whole system is called the JAS System under the Law Concerning Standardization and Proper Labeling of Agricultural and Forestry Products (Law No.175, 1950) which governs all the agricultural and forestry products, except for liquors, drugs, quasi-drugs and cosmetics.

The JAS System consists of the combination of “the JAS Standard System” and “the Quality Labeling Standard System.

 

  1. Quality Labeling Standard System
    The Quality Labeling Standard System requires all producers, distributors and other parties to label in accordance with the Quality Labeling Standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. All the Quality Labeling Standards are mandatory so that all foods sold for consumers shall be labeled in accordance with them.
  2. JAS Standard System
    The JAS Standard System refers to the certification system to attach the JAS marks to the products inspected in accordance with the JAS Standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. The JAS Standards are voluntary other than JAS Standards for Organic Foods. The only Certified Business Entities such as producers and manufacturers can attach JAS marks to the products.