To growers that are considering product proposals to our company

We welcome your proposals. There are many restrictions on bringing food products in Japan. Below, we put the information about quarantines. Whether your company’s products can be exported to Japan or not, we want you to read it before any proposition.

Food quarantine flow chart
(Procedures of Import Notification of Foods and Related Products)
http://www.mhlw.go.jp/english/topics/importedfoods/1-1.html

Inspection Order System

When the examination of the document and information on the sanitary situation of the exporting country, the nature of the food and related items, or the record of incompliance of the similar items in the past, indicates that the concerned food, etc. is highly suspected to violate with the Food Sanitation Law, the inspection order will be issued by the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare and the import procedure will be suspended until the compliance of the concerned food, etc. is proved. This system is called "Inspection Order System" and the importer is responsible for the cost of the inspection.

The items that are subject for this system are designated in the cabinet order, and detail of each item is specified every year.

Monitoring Inspection System

"Monitoring inspections" are carried out at the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare Quarantine Station for the food and related items that are unlikely to be incompliance with the Food Sanitation Law. Every year, the monitoring inspection system designates the items subject for the monitoring inspections based on the annual import amount and the record of incompliance in the past for each item.

The purpose of the monitoring inspection system is to collect information data on sanitation statuses of the diverse food items that are brought to Japan as well as to promote the smooth distribution of these items. While MHLW food sanitation supervisors carry out sample inspections, the import procedures can be forwarded without waiting for the inspection results.

Other Inspection Systems

In addition to monitoring inspections, MHLW food sanitation inspectors conduct other kinds of inspections, such as inspections for the food and related items that are imported first time to Japan, inspections to examine the items that are incompliance with the Food Sanitation Law, and inspections to examine the food and related items that have experienced an accident during transportation.

Also, in some occasions of a first-time import or regular import, the MHLW quarantine station requires the importers to conduct an inspection of the cargo on some necessary items, based on the idea that importers also have the obligation to secure the food sanitation and safety.

Plant quarantine inspection
http://www.pps.go.jp/english/faq/index.html

Plant quarantines inspection flow
http://www.pps.go.jp/english/jobs/index.html

Food standard of Japan
(food, additives, daily products and container)

http://www.jetro.go.jp/ext_images/en/reports/regulations/pdf/foodext2010e.pdf

Food standard of Japan
(Agricultural, Fishery, Meat, Daily, spice, jam and more)

http://www.jetro.go.jp/ext_images/en/reports/regulations/pdf/agri2009e.pdf

To growers that are considering product proposals to our company

We welcome your proposals.
There are many restrictions on bringing food products in Japan.
Below, we put the information about quarantines. Whether your company’s products can be exported to Japan or not, we want you to read it before any proposition.

Food quarantine flow chart
(Procedures of Import Notification of Foods and Related Products)

http://www.mhlw.go.jp/english/topics/importedfoods/1-1.html

Inspection Order System

When the examination of the document and information on the sanitary situation of the exporting country, the nature of the food and related items, or the record of incompliance of the similar items in the past, indicates that the concerned food, etc. is highly suspected to violate with the Food Sanitation Law, the inspection order will be issued by the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare and the import procedure will be suspended until the compliance of the concerned food, etc. is proved. This system is called "Inspection Order System" and the importer is responsible for the cost of the inspection.

Mangos Standard

We have our own standard. We want you to consider them before proposing. The products handled by our company are: JAS-certified organic food, Superfood, Renowned chef or pastry chef’s goods, and products related to the United Kingdom. Unique products.

Proposed method and flow up to deal:
1. Send by e-mail product information (price, conditions, specifications). Our company will contact you for the result of the screening.
2. If selected, please send us the raw ingredients list, two documents of the manufacturing process table, and a sample free of charge. Documents are confirmed at quarantine stations and samples are tasted by our development team.
3. Modifications from the quarantine station and taste changes from our development team will be communicated.
4. As a result, when we reach mutual agreement, the contract will be made.
5. Once the contract is done, start the preparation for importing in Japan. Create the ingredients list, manufacturing process table, product images, invoice, packing list, other required documents and send them free of charge by post, along with product samples, to the inspection company of the Ministry of Health and Welfare jurisdiction. The inspection company will examine the sample and issue a transcript. The transcript is valid for one year, during which the import procedures are simplified.
6. Our company will officially make an order. Plan arrangements like delivery time and containers etc.

Our company rules: while in in quarantine, if pesticide residues, insects, regulated materials such as aflatoxin are discovered, an amount that exceeds the reference is detected, or if the import is not permitted, it will be returned to your company at your expense. In addition we get a full refund of the product price.

Product defects: after distribution, if within the expiration date there is mold in the product, rot, or insects springs, when there are leaks inside, or problems clearly caused by the product have occurred, it will be recalled at your expense.

Expiration date rule

The distribution in Japan: importers such as our company will distribute it to wholesalers, supermarkets, and retail stores. Retail stores have their own expiration date rules. Generally, at least 50% of the expiration date is required to remain at the time of arrival to the stores. Given the inventory period of the importer and wholesaler, an expiration period of at least 1 year is necessary; if possible it is important that the expiration period be of 2 years or more.

Rules of label

The content to be displayed on Japan’s food labels, are defined by law. For raw components, it should be filled in the order of larger usage. In addition, raw components and additives are to be filled separately, additives must also be described by purpose. Besides, it is mandatory to indicate the nutritional components.

More Information
For the attention of Sellers of Food Products in Japan(PDF:1.1MB)
http://www.caa.go.jp/en/pdf/100202attention.pdf

Regulatory Systems of Health Claims in Japan(PDF:984KB)
http://www.caa.go.jp/en/pdf/syokuhin338.pdf

Nutrition Labelling Systems in Japan: situations and issues(PDF:205KB)
http://www.caa.go.jp/en/pdf/syokuhin569.pdf

Regulatory trends of Nutrition labelling and transfatty acid labelling(PDF:527KB)
http://www.caa.go.jp/foods/pdf/syokuhin424.pdf

Overview: Guidelines for transfat labelling(PDF:141KB)
http://www.caa.go.jp/en/pdf/syokuhin570.pdf

Distribution Manual for Genetically and Non-genetically Modified Hawaiian Papayas(PDF:312KB)
http://www.caa.go.jp/en/pdf/syokuhin736.pdf