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April 9, 2019
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Bryant Christie works with embassies around the world to untangle regulatory red tape that cuts into exporters' profits.  This week, James Christie, BCI's president, and Matt Lantz, VP of global access, are in Tokyo, eliminating trade barriers and learning more about upcoming trade talks. 

If you have a trade barrier that's keeping you from exporting, please visit BCI's Global Access page.

March 25, 2019
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On March 20, Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare posted Food Safety Update 0320 No. 1 affecting numerous active ingredients.

Relevant MRL changes will appear in the BCGlobal Pesticide MRL Database next week.

March 25, 2019
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On March 15, Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) announced proposed MRL changes for cyanophos, tetradifon, tetraniliprole, picoxystrobin, bifenazate, neomycin, and fluralaner. These changes were reported via the United States Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service.

Comments are due to the Embassy by March 29, 2019. Relevant proposed MRLs will be available in the BCGlobal Pesticide MRL Database later this week.

March 6, 2019
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On March 6, Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare notified the WTO of a proposal concerning food additives.

Japan's food additive regulations are included in the Food Additive Database. If you are interested in subscribing, please contact BCI.

March 4, 2019
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On February 28, Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare posted Food Safety Update 0228 No. 5 affecting numerous active ingredients.

Relevant MRL changes will appear in the Global MRL Database by March 14, 2019.

January 25, 2019
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On January 22, Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare posted Food Safety Update 0122 No. 1 affecting numerous active ingredients.

Relevant MRL changes will appear in the Global MRL Database by January 30, 2019.

January 23, 2019
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On January 18, Japan's National Tax Agency published an amendment (in Japanese) to its list of substances that can be used for the preservation of alcoholic beverages.

The Food Additive Database, which includes Japan's food additive regulations, has already been updated to reflect the relevant changes. If you are interested in subscribing, please contact BCI for more information.

December 21, 2018
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Recently, Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare published an updated version of the Standards for Use for Food Additives. This document is part of the framework for Japan's food additive regulations.

The Food Additive Database, which includes Japan's food additive regulations, has already been updated to reflect these changes. If you are interested in subscribing, please contact BCI for more information.

December 6, 2018
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On November 29, Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) announced proposed MRL changes for isopyrazam, etofenprox, fenpyroximate, mandestrobin, flumequine, mono- and bis- (trimethylammoniummethylene chloride)-alkyltoluene, and butylated hydroxyanisole. These changes were reported via the United States Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service.

Comments are due to the Embassy by December 13, 2018. Relevant proposed MRLs will be available in the Global MRL Database on December 7, 2018.

November 26, 2018
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Recently, Japan's National Tax Agency published an updated version (in Japanese) of its list of food additives that can be used for the preservation of alcoholic beverages.

The Food Additive Database, which includes Japan's food additive regulations, has already been updated to reflect these changes. If you are interested in subscribing, please contact BCI for more information. 

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