STC Number - 148

Amendment of the food sanitation law

Maintained by: Japan
Raised by: China
Supported by: Korea, Republic of
First date raised: November 2002 G/SPS/R/28, paras. 40-42
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: G/SPS/N/JPN/84, G/SPS/N/JPN/86
Products covered: 21 Miscellaneous edible preparations
Primary subject keyword: Food safety
Keywords: Food safety; Human health
Status: Not reported
Date reported as resolved:

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

China raised concerns over Japan's amendment of the food sanitation law and the procedures followed. Japan's emergency notification (G/SPS/N/JPN/84), issued on 18 July 2002, indicated that the amendment prohibiting the sale, manufacturing and import of specific food, food additives, apparatus and container/packages when considerable amounts of foods were assumed not to be in conformity with the provisions of the Food Sanitation Law would enter into force on 7 September 2002. A related emergency notification had been made on 7 September 2002 (G/SPS/N/JPN/86). China questioned the appropriateness of the use of emergency notifications, as Members could not comment before the measure had been enforced. China requested Japan to provide the scientific evidence, including a risk analysis, that supported the measures taken. Korea indicated that it had requested information on Japan's amendment on 3 September 2002, and were awaiting a response.
Japan indicated that they had already received comprehensive comments from China on the amendment of the food sanitation law within the framework of the Trade Policy Review of Japan. The use of the emergency notifications were in accordance with the recommended procedures for transparency, however, Japan was prepared to consider the matter further on a bilateral basis.
In February 2005, Japan reported that it had responded to China's comments on notification G/SPS/N/JPN/86 in November 2002 and had not since received any objections from China.