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Japan Notification on Revision of the Standards and Specifications for Foods and Food Additives under the Food Sanitation Act

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NOTIFICATION

1.

Notifying Member: Japan

If applicable, name of local government involved:

2.

Agency responsible: Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW)

3.

Products covered (provide tariff item number(s) as specified in national schedules deposited with the WTO; ICS numbers should be provided in addition, where applicable):

-         Meat and edible meat offal (HS Codes: 02.01, 02.02, 02.03, 02.04, 02.05, 02.06, 02.07, 02.08 and 02.09)

-         Dairy produce, birds' eggs and natural honey (HS Codes: 04.01, 04.07 and 04.08)

-         Products of animal origin (HS Code: 05.04)

-         Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS Codes: 07.01, 07.02, 07.03, 07.04, 07.05, 07.06, 07.07, 07.09 and 07.10)

-         Edible fruits and nuts, peel of citrus/melons (HS Codes: 08.07, 08.10 and 08.11)

-         Coffee, tea, mate and spices (HS Codes: 09.03 and 09.10)

-         Cereals (HS Code: 10.06)

-         Oleaginous fruits, miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits (HS Code: 12.12)

-         Animal or vegetable fats and oils (HS Codes: 15.01, 15.02 and 15.06)

4.

Regions or countries likely to be affected, to the extent relevant or practicable:

[X]    All trading partners

[ ]      Specific regions or countries:

5.

Title of the notified document: Revision of the Standards and Specifications for Foods and Food Additives under the Food Sanitation Act (revision of agricultural chemical residue standards) Language(s): English  Number of pages: 2

http://members.wto.org/crnattachments/2014/sps/JPN/14_3179_00_e.pdf

6.

Description of content: Proposed maximum residue limits (MRLs) for the following agricultural chemical:

Pesticide: Propamocarb.

7.

Objective and rationale: [X] food safety, [ ] animal health, [ ] plant protection, [ ] protect humans from animal/plant pest or disease, [ ] protect territory from other damage from pests.

8.

Is there a relevant international standard? If so, identify the standard:

[X]    Codex Alimentarius Commission (e.g. title or serial number of Codex standard or related text) Pesticide Residues in Food - Pesticide Index - 148 Propamocarb

[ ]      World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) (e.g. Terrestrial or Aquatic Animal Health Code, chapter number)

[ ]      International Plant Protection Convention (e.g. ISPM number)

[ ]      None

Does this proposed regulation conform to the relevant international standard?

[ ] Yes   [X] No

If no, describe, whenever possible, how and why it deviates from the international standard: Current MRLs for dry pepper will be withdrawn. If Propamocarb is detected in dry pepper, the detected level is converted into the concentration in fresh pepper based on the manufacturing processes of dry pepper and then it is determined whether the concentration complies with the MRL (2 ppm) for other solanaceous vegetables.

9.

Other relevant documents and language(s) in which these are available: Food Sanitation Act (available in English). When adopted, these MRLs are to be published in Kampo (Official Government Gazette) (available in Japanese).

10.

Proposed date of adoption (dd/mm/yy): As soon as possible after the final date for the comment period.

Proposed date of publication (dd/mm/yy): As soon as possible after the final date for the comment period.

11.

Proposed date of entry into force: [ ] Six months from date of publication, and/or (dd/mm/yy): These proposed standards will take effect after a certain period of grace.

[ ]      Trade facilitating measure

12.

Final date for comments: [X] Sixty days from the date of circulation of the notification and/or (dd/mm/yy): 15 September 2014. Comments only to updated MRLs (marked with black circles and white circles in annexes).

Agency or authority designated to handle comments: [ ] National Notification Authority, [X] National Enquiry Point. Address, fax number and e‑mail address (if available) of other body:

13.

Texts available from: [ ] National Notification Authority, [X] National Enquiry Point. Address, fax number and e‑mail address (if available) of other body:

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