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Food Control - Import notifications (2020)

In Japan, in 2020, a total of 86 import notifications of fisheries and aquaculture products were recorded by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW). The notifications were organized into the following categories: microbiological, chemical and toxins. As summarized in the table below, most notifications were due to microbiological issues with 47 cases, followed by chemical with 32 cases and by toxins with seven cases.

It is important to highlight that there was a decrease of the total number of cases of import notifications from 109 in 2019 to 86 in 2020.  However, while notifications due to microbiological and toxins causes decreased, those of chemical causes increased from 27 cases in 2019 to 32 in 2020.

Import notifications by category (Number cases - 2020)

Month Microbiological Chemical Toxins Total
January 3 2 0 5
February 2 3 0 5
March 2 3 0 5
April 0 0 0 0
May 0 6 0 6
June 2 1 0 3
July 5 3 1 9
August 4 3 6 13
September 8 2 0 10
October 9 2 0 11
November 7 1 0 8
December 5 6 0 11
Total 47 32 7 86

Source: MHLW

Percentage of the causes

As shown in the figure below, microbiological cases account for 55 percent of the total notifications, chemical for 37 percent and toxins for 8 percent.

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ToxinsChemicalMicrobiological

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