Food Regulation on Agrochemicals for Ensuring Quality and Safety of Food Supply in Japan
Agrochemical residue is a major food safety concern in Japan. Before, regulations on food safety were focused mainly on the end point of the food chain such as manufacturing. Because of this, more cases of chemical residue in food are being addressed in the later process of food production in which it should have been prevented earlier. Through thorough review and modification of previous legislations regarding food safety, the said issue was taken into consideration and directly dealt with. Good Agriculture Practice (GAP) and education of agrochemical handlers (e.g. farmers) on proper chemical use were some of the measures given to prevent residual incidence. New regulations on registration and usage of chemical substances as well as setting a new standard maximum residue limit (MRL) to foods were also considered. Lastly, strict importation and marketing policy of products that have undergone chemical treatment were also being enforced.