• QA 028
    Where to find information on Pesticide Residues Regulations for Japan?
    Apparently green coffee imports into Japan are subjected to more stringent limits on chemical residues, in particular cypermetirn (a pesticide?) Some shipments may have been rejected already. Where do we find information on this?
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    Exporter - Bolivia

    As far as we know, Cypermethrin is not widely used on coffee. However, it has been found on some coffee imported into Japan and as a result inspections have become more frequent. We understand that the current limit is 0.05 ppm (parts per million).

    The Japanese health authorities are currently engaged in a review of permitted pesticide residual limits generally with the objective of introducing a new listing (Positive List). This is expected to become effective in 2006. Currently 21 items are listed for green coffee but this number may increase.

    For more information on this process visit www.mhlw.go.jp/english/index.html . Or, go to www.jetro.go.jp and look for "Specifications and Standards for Foods, Food Additives etc under the Food Sanitation Law". This includes a listing of known pesticides and insecticides, and also stipulates limits for green coffee: www.jetro.go.jp/en/market/regulations/pdf/foodadd2004apr-e.pdf .

    Alternatively, ask your contact in Japan for a copy of the Pesticide Residues Regulations (Coffee-Green Beans) - not available in English from the Internet. Or, contact  Ms Rumi Matsumoto at the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. E-mail: matsumoto-rumi@mhlw.go.jp.

    Posted 30 June 2005

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