Ministry to strengthen rules on labelling

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The Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is to
require food manufacturers to ensure that their products carry
labels specifying...

The Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is to require food manufacturers to ensure that their products carry labels specifying the country of origin of ingredients used in the products, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun Currently, laws covering processed foods such as pickles only require that labels include information on the place of final processing. The ministry plans to implement the regulation in April 2002, after informing the World Trade Organization of its plan and completing necessary procedures. In addition to labelling the country of origin of raw materials used in imported products, the new regulation would require that labels carry the names of villages, towns, cities and prefectures for domestic products. The regulation is applicable to all pickled vegetables, including vegetables salted over night using agricultural and marine products. Producers using domestic raw materials will be able to draw a distinction between their products and other products to boost the use of domestic agricultural products. Source: Yomiuri Shimbun

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