TOMRA 5C crowned 2022 best machine innovation at Japan Food Journal Awards

JAPAN – The famous annual Japan Food Journal Awards’ machine category went to the TOMRA 5C premium sorter, which took first place for setting new industry standards in accuracy, efficiency, and ease of use by employing digital tools and AI technology. The Japan Food Journal Awards, which are now in their 25th year, highlight goods that promote the growth of…

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Fujitsu, Phytocontrol Group automate analyses of food contamination

JAPAN – Fujitsu, a leading Japanese global information and communication technology company, has kicked off a strategic collaboration with Phytocontrol Group, a French leader in contaminant analysis for environmental and food safety, to develop AI-supported chromatography analysis services. These services aim to contribute to the assurance of food safety by accelerating and improving the accuracy of contaminant analysis in the…

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Plot twist as Germany exonerates Kenyan coffee previously flagged in Japan

KENYA – A new twist has emerged after tests conducted in Germany on a Kenyan batch of coffee that had recently raised eyebrows in Japan over excess chemical residues, turned out to be negative. Theophilus Mutui, the Managing Director, Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS), said Kenya had also analyzed the samples and gotten negative results, bringing to question the…

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Japan intensifies inspections on Kenyan coffee amidst pesticide contamination concerns

KENYA – The government of Japan has raised the frequency of monitoring tests of Chlorpyrifos in Fresh Coffee Beans from Kenya to 30% levels of official controls due to detection of levels above the threshold. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed that they detected Chlorpyrifos levels at 0.06 ppm which is above the maximum residue limits of 0.05 ppm required…

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Japan reviews labelling regulations for genetically modified food

JAPAN – Japan has reviewed its food labelling regulations for foods with genetically modified components, and will enforce a national ‘non-GM’ labelling system update in 2023. Earlier in the year, the local Consumer Affairs Agency (CAA), published documentation announcing that nine major agricultural products are now subject to mandatory GM labelling-up from the previous eight, as are processed foods that…

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Japan’s Consumer Affairs Agency to pronounce mandatory labelling of walnut as allergens

JAPAN – Japan’s Consumer Affairs Agency (CAA) is set to add walnuts to the list of allergens that product manufacturers and importers must include on the label of packaged products containing walnuts. Currently, CAA strongly recommends including walnuts on the label, but does not require their inclusion. Exports of U.S. walnuts to Japan have grown from 10,604 metric tons to…

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Japan establishes maximum residue limits for Zeranol in animals

JAPAN – Japan has established maximum residue limits (MRLs) for Zeranol, a synthetic nonsteroidal estrogen used as a growth promoter in animals. Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare informed that the regulation is already in force for those products placed on the Japanese market. Zeranol also known as α-Zearalanol, is derived from Zearalenone, a mycotoxin produced by Fusarium (a fungi…

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GFSI recognizes ASIAGAP version 2.3 following benchmarking

JAPAN – The Global Food Safety Imitative (GFSI), a private food safety organization, and the Japan GAP Foundation (JGF), a private nonprofit organization developing and managing ASIAGAP and JGAP, have announced that ASIAGAP version 2.3 has successfully achieved recognition against GFSI’s Benchmarking Requirements Version 2020.1. ASIAGAP is a GAP certification program approved by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). It…

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