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About agencies inspecting radioactive substances on export food (As of September 14, 2012)

Since the accident of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station that occurred on March 11, 2011, some foreign countries have requested inspections on radioactive substances for foods exported from Japan. We provide general information on inspection agencies as follows. Some countries may also require public institutions-issued certificates of inspection results on radioactive substances. Please confirm foreign countries' import requirements on MAFF website before you export.

 
Please note that some foreign countries may ascertain inspection agencies' accredited status on ISO/IEC17025 and/or their GLPs and that the following countries, as agreed with the Government of Japan, require certificates of inspection results on radioactive substances for food exported from Japan: EU, EFTA member countries, Croatia, Korea, Thailand, Brazil, French Polynesia, Lebanon, Morocco, Hong Kong China, Egypt, Brunei and Dubai. 

 

1. Japanese inspection agencies

  1. MAFF gained agreement with inspection agencies on listing their names on MAFF's website.
  2. If you want to know specific inspection methods and charge, please ask each inspection agency directly.

 

Administrative inspection agencies

 

Private inspection agencies

(Note)  These inspection agencies are registered to the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare under the Food Sanitation Act and/or accredited on ISO/IEC 17025 by the members of Signatories to the ILAC (International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation) Mutual Recognition Arrangement.

 

 2. Foreign inspection agencies

  1. The web page lists the foreign inspection agencies registered as institutions which conduct inspections of various types of foods.  Some of them may be specialized in inspecting specific types of foods and/or incapable of conducting inspections on radioactive substances. If you want to know their capabilities of conducting inspections on radioactive substances, please contact each agency directly or through exporters etc.
  2. If you want to know specific inspection methods and charge, please ask each inspection agency directly or through exporters etc.
  3. The web page lists the foreign inspection agencies registered as institutions which conduct inspections of various types of foods. It is not assured whether inspections conducted by these agencies on radioactive substances have valid results. If you request inspections on radioactive substances to these agencies, please confirm to them directly or through exporters etc. whether the inspection results are acceptable in the country for export.
  4. If you want to send samples for requesting inspections on radioactive substances, please ask the listed inspection agencies directly or through exporters etc. about how to send them.

 

List of official inspection agencies in exporting countries is available from Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare website : http://www.mhlw.go.jp/topics/yunyu/5/index.html

*The web page lists inspection agencies that foreign governments have registered to the Japanese government as institutions which has testing capabilities equivalent to the conducting agencies registered by the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare when importing to Japan. Please see this information as a reference when you find foreign inspection agencies on radioactive substances. Please also contact each agency directly for more information.

 

contact

International Policy Planning Division,
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
1-2-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8950, Japan
Tel:03-3502-5851
Fax:03-3502-8084

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