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Traceability System

The following is an illustration of the traceability systems for rice/rice products and cow/beef that are implemented under the laws.


I. Traceability System for Rice/Rice Products

1. What is the traceability system for rice/rice products?

This system aims to:

  1. ensure that the actors involved in the production, distribution and sale stages of rice and rice products keep and preserve records of transactions so as to allow early identification of the distribution route in the case of the occurrence of problems; and
  2. provide businesses and consumers with information on places of origin of rice.

    The Rice Traceability Act (PDF : 432KB)

2. Items Covered by Traceability System

    • Rice: Paddy grain, brown rice, milled rice, crushed rice
    • Rice products categorized as staple food: Rice flour, ground rice, rice meal, rice flour preparations (including mochi preparations), dough for rice confectioneries, malted rice, etc.
    • Cooked rice: Bento, rice ball, hamburger with rice buns, rice cooked with red beans, steamed sticky rice, rice dishes, cooked rice in package, sprouted brown rice, dried rice (including frozen food, boil-in-the-bag food and canned food)
    • Rice products: Mochi (rice cake), dango (rice dumpling), rice confectioneries, sake, single-distilled shochu, mirin (sweet cooking wine) 

II. Traceability Scheme for Cow/Beef

This is a scheme implemented under the Beef Traceability Act with a view to ensuring the proper implementation of measures to prevent the distribution of BSE-contaminated beef and providing traceability information. The following is an illustration of the scheme and applicable laws.

[1] Cattle Identification and Traceability Systems (leaflet) (PDF : 379KB)

[2] The Law for Special Measures Concerning the Management and Relay of Information for Individual Identification of Cattle (provisional translation)(PDF : 172KB)