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
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
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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