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Do you know what percentage of the food you take every day is produced within Japan?

According to the Food Supply and Demand Table of 2002 (made by Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries), Japan's domestic production supplies 40% of foods consumed, based on calorie supply. In other words, Japan relies 60% of foods consumed on the food that is imported from other countries (= imported foods). Japan can no longer support its people's diet without imported food.

The Ministry of Health, Welfare and Labour, therefore, considers the safety of imported foods as an important issue in order to secure the "safety of diet" of Japanese people, and we have been making efforts to secure the safety.


1. Index of Contents

(1) Import Procedure under Food Sanitation Law

(2) Imported Foods Monitoring and Guidance Plan
2014 - Development of Imported Foods Monitoring and Guidance Plan for FY 2014 (PDF: 156KB) 
2013 - Development of Imported Foods Monitoring and Guidance Plan for FY 2013 (PDF: 128KB)
- An interim report of Inspection results of the imported food monitoring and instruction program in 2013 (PDF:706KB)
2012 - Development of Imported Foods Monitoring and Guidance Plan for FY 2012 (PDF: 229KB)
- An interim report of Inspection results of the imported food monitoring and instruction program in 2012 (PDF:224KB)
- Results of Monitoring and Guidance Based on the Imported Foods Monitoring and Guidance Plan for FY 2012 (PDF:924KB)
- Statistics of Imported Foods Monitoring for FY 2012 (PDF:713KB) 
2011 - Development of Imported Foods Monitoring and Guidance Plan for FY 2011 (PDF: 351KB)
- An interim report of Inspection results of the imported food monitoring and instruction program in 2011 (PDF:451KB)
- Results of Monitoring and Guidance Based on the Imported Foods Monitoring and Guidance Plan for FY 2011 (PDF:781KB)
- Statistics of Imported Foods Monitoring for FY 2011 (PDF:745KB) 
2010 - Development of Imported Foods Monitoring and Guidance Plan for FY 2010 (PDF:79KB)
- An interim report of Inspection results of the imported food monitoring and instruction program in 2010 (PDF:552KB)
- Results of Monitoring and Guidance Based on the Imported Foods Monitoring and Guidance Plan for FY 2010 (PDF:1,252KB)
- Statistics of Imported Foods Monitoring for FY 2010 (PDF:703KB)
2009 - Development of Imported Foods Monitoring and Guidance Plan for FY 2009 (PDF:90KB)
- An interim report of Inspection results of the imported food monitoring and instruction program in 2009 (PDF:736KB)
- Results of Monitoring and Guidance Based on the Imported Foods Monitoring and Guidance Plan for FY 2009 (PDF:776KB)
- Statistics of Imported Foods Monitoring for FY 2009 (PDF:1,076KB) 
2008 - Development of Imported Foods Monitoring and Guidance Plan for FY 2008 (PDF:109KB)
- An interim report of Inspection results of the imported food monitoring and instruction program in 2008 (PDF:741KB)
- Results of Monitoring and Guidance Based on the Imported Foods Monitoring and Guidance Plan for FY 2008 (PDF:560KB)
- Statistics of Imported Foods Monitoring for FY 2008 (PDF:1,093KB) 
2007 - Development of Imported Foods Monitoring and Guidance Plan for FY 2007 (PDF:130KB)
- An interim report of Inspection results of the imported food monitoring and instruction program in 2007 (PDF:107KB)
- Results of Monitoring and Guidance Based on the Imported Foods Monitoring and Guidance Plan for FY 2007 (PDF:589KB)
2006 - Development of Imported Foods Monitoring and Guidance Plan for FY 2006 (PDF:90KB)
- An interim report of Inspection results of the imported food monitoring and instruction program in 2006 (PDF:227KB)
- Results of Monitoring and Guidance Based on the Imported Foods Monitoring and Guidance Plan for FY 2006 (page 1-29(PDF:487KB),page 30-37(PDF:126KB),All(PDF:560KB))
- Statistics of Imported Foods Monitoring for FY 2006 (PDF:313KB)
2005 - Results of Monitoring and Guidance Based on the Inported Foods Monitoring and Guidance Plan for FY 2005 (PDF:268KB)
- Statistics of Imported Foods Monitoring for FY 2005 (PDF:524KB)
2004 - Results of Monitoring and Guidance Based on the Imported Foods Monitoring and Guidance Plan for FY 2004 (PDF:307KB)
- Statistics of Imported Foods Monitoring for FY 2004 (PDF:400KB)

(3) Inspection Orders
2014 - Implementation of Inspection Orders based on Section 3, Article 26 of the Food Sanitation Law
2013 - Implementation of Inspection Orders based on Section 3, Article 26 of the Food Sanitation Law 
2012 - Implementation of Inspection Orders based on Section 3, Article 26 of the Food Sanitation Law
2011 - Implementation of Inspection Orders based on Section 3, Article 26 of the Food Sanitation Law (PDF:173KB)
2010 - Implementation of Inspection Orders based on Section 3, Article 26 of the Food Sanitation Law (PDF:555KB)
2009 - Implementation of Inspection Orders based on Section 3, Article 26 of the Food Sanitation Law (PDF:584KB)
2008 - Implementation of Inspection Orders based on Section 3, Article 26 of the Food Sanitation Law (PDF:237KB)
2007 - Implementation of Inspection Orders based on Section 3, Article 26 of the Food Sanitation Law (PDF:397KB)
2006 - Implementation of Inspection Orders based on Section 3, Article 26 of the Food Sanitation Law (PDF:159KB)


(4) Monitoring Plan
2014 - Imported Foods Monitoring Plan for FY 2014
2013 - Imported Foods Monitoring Plan for FY 2013
2012 - Imported Foods Monitoring Plan for FY 2012
2011 - Imported Foods Monitoring Plan for FY 2011 (PDF:420KB)
2010 - Imported Foods Monitoring Plan for FY 2010 (PDF:136KB)
2009 - Imported Foods Monitoring Plan for FY 2009 (PDF:284KB)
2008 - Imported Foods Monitoring Plan for FY 2008 (PDF:379KB)
2007 - Imported Foods Monitoring Plan for FY 2007 (PDF:199KB)
2006 - Imported Foods Monitoring Plan for FY 2006 (PDF:180KB)


(5) Guidelines for Importers
- Guidelines on Hygiene Control of Import Processed Foods (PDF:78KB)
- Relevant Information (Japanese)



(6) Data related to Imported Foods
- Numbers of Import Notification, Inspection, and Rejection in Each Year
- Trends in Numbers of Import Notification, Inspection and Rejection according to Category of Food Items
- Trends in the Numbers of Import Notification, Inspection and Rejection according to the Regions of Export
- Cases of Rejection of Import according to Category of Food Item and Article Number in the Law


(7) Typical Cases of Violation of Food Sanitation Law that were Found on the Occasion of Import Notification


(8) Recent Cases of Violation of the Food Sanitation Law that were Found on the Occasion of Import Notification (Flash)
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(9) Typical Cases of Violation of Food Sanitation Law that were Found on the Occasion of Import Consultation Prior to the Arrival of the Cargo

(10) Summary of Foreign Official Laboratories (PDF:65KB)

(11) List of Foreign Official Laboratories 
If you want to change this lists, please contact the government of your country or the embassy of your country in Japan for more information.


2. Submission of Your Opinion and Information

Please send your opinion and information by e-mail, facsimile or regular mail. Please indicate "About the Imported Foods Inspeciton Information" on your message.

E-mail: www-admin@mhlw.go.jp (In text format)
Regular Mail: Office of Quarantine Station Administration
Policy Planning and Communication Division
Department of Food Safety
Pharmaceutical and Food Safety Bureau
Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
1-2-2 Kasumigaseki,
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8916, Japan

Fax: +81-3-3591-8029

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