Health Certificate for Milk and Milk Products

Starting 1 June 2020, milk and milk products imported to Japan for sale or business use must be acoompanied by a health certificate issued by the competent authority of the exporting country. This is based on Article 10.2 of the Food Sanitation Act and Article 8 of the Ordinance for Enforcement of the Act.

1. Products

Imports of the following products must be accompanied by health certificates. The definitions of these products are stipulated in the Ministerial Ordinance on Milk and Milk products Concerning Compositional Standards etc. Please consult a quarantine station to confirm which product category applies to a specific product (e.g. fermented milk includes yoghurts) and if a product meets the standards.  
 Milk  raw milk, cow's milk, special milk, raw goat's milk,
 pasteurized goat's milk, raw sheep's milk, raw buffalo's milk,
 composition modified milk, low fat milk, skimmed milk, processed milk
 cream, butter, cheese (excluding processed cheese), concentrated whey,
 concentrated milk, concentrated skimmed milk, evoporated milk,
 evaporated skimmed milk, sweetened condensed milk,
 sweetened condensed skimmed milk, whole milk powder,
 skimmed milk powder, cream powder, whey powder,
 protein concentrated whey powder, buttermilk powder,
 sweetened milk powder, fermented milk

Milk products include those produced with raw cow's milk, raw goat's milk, raw sheep's milk and raw buffalo's milk.

2. The Eligible Countries and the Health Certificate Format

 Czech Republic
 The Netherlands
 New Zealand **  Norway
  (*) Health certificates for milk products exported from Australia are electronic certicicates sent by
the Australian government (10 November 2020~).
(**) Please contact the competent authority for the format.
                                      <As of 30 January 2023>

3. Related Information


Office of Import Food Safety
Food Inspection and Safety Division
Pharmaceutical Safety and Environmental Health Bureau