Measures to Ensure Food Safety


Source: 日本厚生労働省 Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

Safe food is essential to the maintenance of a sustainable and healthy lifestyle. To uphold the responsibility of ensuring food safety for the public, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare in Japan develops and implements various policies based on scientific knowledge, and presents the following information for parties involved in food safety issues, including consumers, food business operators, and other stakeholders from various fields.

The objective of the government’s administrative activities concerning food safety is to protect public health by strengthening measures for ensuring food safety. These activities include regulation of the manufacture, import, and sale of foods, food additives, food apparatus, and containers/ packaging.

This report from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare contains information about the government’s food safety management framework, the roles of various food safety management authorities, food poisoning, radioactive materials in food, food additives and contaminants, genetically modified foods, agricultural chemical residues, bovine spongiform encephalopathy, food packaging, and other relevant topics.