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Food Safety ― for the Health of Consumers

Uploaded on April 1, 2016
Last updated on January 31, 2019

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) is responsible for the safety of domestically produced foods and the safety of feed, whether domestically produced or imported, through risk management related activities including establishing and implementing good practices in food chain. To ensure the safety of food and feed, MAFF implemented in 2005 food safety risk management consistent with the internationally agreed framework.

MAFF prioritizes chemical and microbiological hazards in food and feed on a basis of the criteria (Click the relevant issues below) . For prioritization, MAFF prepares risk profiles summarizing scientific and other relevant information on food and feed safety problem. MAFF has been developing occurrence data of chemical and microbiological hazards in food/feed based on the priority list and the Mid-term and Annual Surveillance/Monitoring Program, and statistically analyzing these data. Utilizing scientific evidence, MAFF develops codes of practice as necessary for reducing hazards in food/feed to improve food safety and ensure consumers' health protection.

Risk management by MAFF 

Risk management in Action (Basic Concept)

Hazards in Food or Feed of High Priority

Analysis Reporting Form for Laboratories (PDF:112KB)

Occurrence data of chemical hazards in foods

Risk management of specific hazards

International cooperation activities NEWアイコン

    • Training workshop for building capacities "Risk management of contaminants in foods"
    • Harmonization of Maximum Residue Limit (MRL) Setting Process in the Asian Region through Training on Pesticide Residue Evaluation
      • For APEC member economies
        6-10 November 2017, Bangkok
        23-27 October 2017, Kuala Lumpur
      • For ASEAN member countries
        4-8 February 2019, Tokyo
        6-10 February 2017, Tokyo
        15-19 February 2016, Singapore
        18-22 January 2016, Tokyo
        26-28 January 2015, Tokyo
    • Global Environment Monitoring System - Food Contamination Monitoring and Assessment Programme (GEMS/Food) Collaborating Institutions

GEMS/Food has collected levels of chemical contaminants in food. The information is collected from worldwide collaborating centres and recognized national insitutions used to informs governments, the Codex Alimentarius Commission etc. Ministry of Agriculture - Food safety and Consumer Affairs Bureau is one of the GEMS/Food Collaborating Institutions.


Food safety Policy Devision 
Food Safety and Consumer Affairs Bureau
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
1-2-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8950, Japan
Tel: +81-3-3502-8731 
Fax: +81-3-3597-0329