Dairy updates: Japan to implement more stringent standards for non-chilled milk products this year
Regulation & Compliances
Published Feb 12, 2024
Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) is proposing changes to dairy standards, specifically for milk and dairy products that can be stored at room temperature or below 10°C. The new rules will set specific standards for microorganism testing, manufacturing methods, and sterilization records. Exporters of these products to Japan will need to obtain a certificate from their local authority. The changes are expected to be implemented by mid-March 2024, and public and industry feedback is open until February 17, 2024.
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The amendment will affect milk and dairy products that do not require storage at temperatures below 10°C or are permitted to be stored at room temperature. This will include regular milks, modified milks, low-fat milks, skim milks, processed milks, liquid milk preparations and other milk-based beverages. “Based on the deliberations of the Milk, Meat and Fishery Subcommittee of the Pharmaceutical Affairs and Food Sanitation Council, new regulations will be established for [these] products,” MHLW state via the ministerial proposal documentation. “These will generally be milk products that have been sterilised and aseptically packaged, or packaged and then sterilised – specific standards that cover microorganism testing, manufacturing methods, and sterilization records will be established for both. “For instance, products that fall into the former category will need to be heated at 120°C for four minutes (or an equivalent method) to sterilise, and then the aseptic filling into ...