STC Number - 221

Safety insurance and quality improvement standards for feed and feed additives

Maintained by: Japan
Raised by: China
Supported by:
First date raised: March 2005 G/SPS/R/36/Rev.1 paras. 78-79
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: Raised orally
Products covered: 21 Miscellaneous edible preparations; 0302 Fish, fresh or chilled, excluding fish fillets and other fish meat of heading 03.04.; 0511 Animal products not elsewhere specified or included; dead animals of Chapter 1 or 3, unfit for human consumption.; 2106 Food preparations not elsewhere specified or included.
Primary subject keyword: Animal Health
Keywords: Animal health; Food safety; Sufficiency of scientific evidence
Status: Resolved
Date reported as resolved: 16/10/2013

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In March 2005, China raised concerns that Japan's revision of standards for Astaxanthin lacked scientific justification. China was not aware of any evidence of harmful effects and asked if Japan had found Astaxanthin harmful to fish at certain levels.

Japan stated that scientific data was insufficient and that no international standards had been established so far. Some Members had regulations to restrict the maximum dose of Astaxanthin to be administered to finfish. Therefore, as a provisional measure, Japan had set an upper limit for Astaxanthin, which was added to feeds, based on SPS measures applied by other Members. Japan had taken into account technical and economic feasibility when deciding the upper limit. Japan was willing to reconsider its regulation when new international standards or scientific evidence on this issue were presented.