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Japanese pet food must list all ingredients

Pet food manufacturers and importers in Japan will be obliged to indicate all the ingredients and expiry dates of their products, the government has decided.

The Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries have decided to require manufacturers and importers of dog food and cat food distributed in Japan to display more detailed product information from June next year.

The move, which is based on the pet food safety law that was enacted in June this year, is aimed at preventing health damage to animals.

Currently, pet food manufacturers only need to follow the industry's voluntary standards set by the Pet Food Fair Trade Association, which apply to member companies and have no penalties for violators. Violators of the new measures will suffer a ban on production and will be sentenced up to one year in prison or fined up to 1 million yen (€8,000). A corporate violator will be fined up to 100 million yen (€800,000).

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