More than 100 of Japan’s most popular foods have been declared safe for consumption, and more than 30 are on the verge of making it onto the shelves of supermarkets and restaurants.
The government is also looking at a new policy for “healthy eating”, which would require restaurants to ensure they have at least 50% of their food on-site and serve it fresh.
There are also plans to introduce mandatory vaccinations for children and adults and introduce compulsory vaccinations for pregnant women.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is also in talks with manufacturers of ingredients used in Japanese foods, such as sweet potato and carrots, to introduce an automatic labelling system for foods that contain ingredients that can be considered allergens.
The Japan Food Safety Agency (JFSAA) said that all Japanese products could be labelled “inherently safe” if tested for allergens, including foods that are “highly processed”.
Food manufacturers, meanwhile, have been busy testing products.
Food brands have been ordered to test foods with the ingredients for the first time, and have begun testing foods with different combinations of ingredients to see if they are safe to eat.
The FDA also said that more than 300 food safety inspectors will be deployed to help Japanese businesses.JAPAN’S NEW LEADERHONORISAKI, an animal rights activist and the former leader of the opposition Liberal Democratic Party, was welcomed at the JFSAA conference on Friday.
A spokesman for the Japanese Green Party, which is also hosting the conference, said that Hononori is expected to announce plans to change Japan’s laws on animal testing.
“He’s going to announce that all meat in Japan will be tested, and he will also introduce mandatory animal testing, including the testing of fish,” the spokesman said.
Hononori has been an outspoken critic of animal rights activists, calling them “sophisticated criminals” and “terrorists”.
He has been accused of using his influence to prevent legislation against animal abuse.