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Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has enforced Act No. 46 of June 13, 2018 to Revise Part of the Food Sanitation Law Etc.

The revisions include the following:

  • Food or additives specified by an Ordinance of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) as necessary for which it is necessary to take measures to control important processes for the prevention of occurrence of food hygiene hazards. These products must not be imported for sale unless manufactured or processed at the country, region or facility specified by the MHLW.
  • Manufacturers dealing with information that the food containing the designated ingredients to be handled may cause damage to human health the information must notify the prefectural governor, mayor of the city establishing the public health center, or the district of the special ward.

The revisions were enforced on June 13, 2018.