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MAFF UPDATE No.691 (Published on MARCH 14, 2008)



Number 691
MARCH  14, 2008

A weekly update of news from the Japanese
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
International Policy Planning Division, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Kasumigaseki 1-2-1, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8950
Fax: 81-3-3502-8084
Editor: Yoshiyuki Ohtani




Notice of Reviewing Japanese Agricultural Standard (JAS) and Quality Labeling Standard 



MAFF will review the following Japanese Agricultural Standard (JAS) and Quality Labeling
Standard. Those who are interested in the reviewing process may provide questions and/or
comments to the Labeling and Standards Division, Food Safety and Consumer Affairs Bureau of
MAFF, no later than April 4th, 2008. 


1. Scope of review

     Japanese Agricultural Standard for:
a. Canned and bottled agricultural products;
       b. Canned and bottled livestock products;
       c. Canned and bottled marine products;
       d. Pressed ham;
       e. Sausage;
       f. Mixed sausage;
       g. Hamburger patty;
       h. Chilled hamburger steak;
       i. Chilled meatball;
       j. Instant noodles;
       k. Raw type instant noodles;
       l. Bread crumb;
       m. Dressing;
       n. Flavored seasoning;
       o. Dehydrated soup;
       p. Worcester sauce;
       q. Margarines; and
       r. Prepared frozen food.



   Quality Labeling Standard for:
      a. Pressed ham;
      b. Mixed pressed ham;
      c. Sausage;
      d. Mixed sausage;
      e. Fish ham and fish sausage;
      f. Specially packed fish sausage;
     g. Flavored fish sausage; and
     h. Dressing and Dressing type seasoning.  


2. Presentation of drafts

     Drafts will be presented at the Subcommittee of the JAS Council.

3. Public hearing

     Public hearings will be held at the Subcommittee of the JAS Council.

4. Commencement of review

     April 2008

 Mail should be addressed to the following address:
 Labeling and Standards Division, Food Safety and Consumers Affairs Bureau
 Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
 1-2-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-8950
 For further information, please contact the Labeling and Standards Division.
 Tel. (03) 6744-2096, FAX (03) 3502-0594




The following statistics are available from the Statistics Planning Division of the Statistics Department (Tel. 03-6744-2037)

1   Statistics on Lumber, January 2008.
2   Statistics on Plywood, January 2008.
3   Statistics on Milk and Milk Products, January 2008.
4   Production of Paddy Field Rice and Upland Rice, 2007.
5   Periodical Statistics on Marketing of Fruits and Vegetables, middle 10 days of February 2008.
6   Statistical Survey on Farm Management and Economy,2006 (Management Statistics by Farming Type, Individual (Farm of Dairy Cattle, Beef Cattle, Pigs, Layers and Broilers) )
7   Statistical Survey on Farm Management and Economy,2006.(Statistics on type of Agricultural Management by Organized Management
8   Index Numbers of Commodity Prices in Agriculture, January 2008
9   Statistics on Chicks Hatched, January 2008.
10 Prices of Lumber, February 2008.
11 Monthly Statistics on Marketing of Fruit and Vegetables, January 2008.
12 Statistics on Marketing of Fisheries Products in Consuming Areas, January 2008

  Notes: 1. All materials are in Japanese unless otherwise noted.
              2. Contacts may not be able to respond to inquiries in any language except Japanese.




International Policy Planning Division
International Affairs Department
TEL: +81-3-3591-9681   FAX: +81-3-5512-7652

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