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Review of Japanese rejections in 2018

In Japan, in 2018, a total of 106 border rejections of fisheries and aquaculture products were recorded through the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW). This total was organized into three risk categories, including : microbiological, chemical and other causes.

As summarized in the table below, most rejections were due to microbiological issues with 81 cases, followed by chemical with 24 cases, and by other causes with one case recorded in 2018. Compared to 2017, there was a decrease in the number of rejections: from 143 in 2017 to 106 in 2018. A decreasing trend was detected in all three categories.

Border rejections by category (Number cases -2018)

Month Microbiological Chemical Other causes Total
January 4 4 1 9
February 4 3 0 7
March 3 3 0 6
April 7 2 0 9
May 5 2 0 7
June 4 0 0 4
July 6 2 0 8
August 12 1 0 13
September 5 3 0 8
October 14 2 0 16
November 15 2 0 17
December 2 0 0 2
Total 81 24 1 106

Source: MHLW

Percentage of the causes 

Microbiological cases account for 76 percent of the total rejections, chemical for 23 percent, and other causes for one percent of the total.

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