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MAFF UPDATE No.716 (Published on April 17, 2009)

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Number 716
April 17, 2009

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: 81-3-5512-7652
Editor: Takashi Sato

FY 2009 (April 2009 – March 2010) Annual Plan for Surveillance and Monitoring on the hazardous food-borne chemicals and microorganisms is released

On April 7, 2009, MAFF released FY 2009 Annual Plan for Surveillance and Monitoring on hazardous food-borne chemicals and microbes. The Annual Plan is based on the Five-Year Plan for chemicals (April 2006-March 2011) and microbes (April 2007-March 2012), respectively. The Five-Year Plans are based on the Priority Lists which specify chemicals and microbes subject to risk management by MAFF.

This year Plan covers following chemical and microbes,

MAFF implemented food safety risk management in 2005 on the basis of ‘Standard Operating Procedure for Food Safety Risk Analysis (SOP)’, compatible with Codex Working Principles for Risk Analysis for Food Safety for Application by Governments (adopted in 2007), and has tried to enhance food safety in conformity with it.

Based upon the SOP, MAFF released the priority lists for chemicals and microbes subject to risk management and the Five-Year plans for Surveillance and Monitoring in 2007 (chemicals) and 2008 (microorganisms), respectively in order to collect appropriate data for risk management.

 

 Notification of review of several types of Japanese Agricultural Standards (JAS) and Quality Labeling Standards

This is to notify that MAFF will commence to review the following types of Japanese Agricultural Standards (JAS standards) and Quality Labeling Standards under the Law Concerning Standardization and Proper Labeling of Agricultural and Forestry Products (JAS Law).

  1. Background
    The JAS Standards are subject to review procedure at the Subcommittee of the JAS Council within five years after their establishments or revisions under the Article 10 of JAS Law. As it has been a few years since last revision, MAFF has decided to start reviewing the following 16 Japanese Agricultural Standards. We also start reviewing 10 Quality Labeling Standards.
  2. Scope of review
    Japanese Agricultural Standards to be reviewed for:
    a. Soy milks;
    b. Pickled agricultural products;
    c. Boiled-dried fish;
    d. Carrot juice and carrot mixed juice;
    e. Canned and bottled livestock products;
    f. Fruit juice and fruit beverage;
    g. Carbonated drinks;
    h. Organic plants;
    i. Organic processed foods;
    j. Organic livestock products;
    k. Organic feeds;
    l. Processed foods with production information;
    m. Straight, pure apple juice;
    n. Log;
    o. Glued laminated timber; and
    p. Plywood.
  3. Quality Labeling Standards to be reviewed for:
    a. Soy milks;
    b. Pickled agricultural products;
    c. Boiled-dried fish;
    d. Carrot juice and carrot mixed juice;
    e. Canned and bottled livestock products;
    f. Fruit juice and fruit beverage;
    g. Carbonated drinks;
    h. Fish hum and fish sausage;
    i. Specially packed fish sausage; and
    j. Flavored fish sausage.
  4. Presentation method of the drafts
    The drafts will be presented at the Subcommittee of the JAS Council.
  5. 4.  Method of establishing public hearing
    Public hearing will be held at the Subcommittee of the JAS Council.
  6. Commencement of review
    May 2009
  7. Others
    MAFF will notify again when the subcommittee of the JAS council will be held.


Mails shall be addressed to the following address:
Labeling and Standards Division, Food Safety and Consumer 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) 6744-2369

 

STATISTICS

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

1 Prices of Lumber, March 2009.
2 Periodical Statistics on Marketing of Fruits and Vegetables, Last 10 days of March 2009.
3 Statistics on Distribution of Frozen Fishery Products , February 2009.
4 Periodical Statistics on Marketing of Fruits and Vegetables, First 10 days of April 2009.

 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. 

 

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