Japan mulls legal crackdown on food fraud

JIJI

The government will propose legal revisions early next year to address the food misrepresentations on hotel and restaurant menus that have made headlines of late, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Thursday.

The legal change is needed at the next ordinary Diet session, which starts in January, Suga told a press conference.

The revisions are expected to include allowing prefectural governments to order local businesses to stop using misleading menu descriptions and imposing tougher penalties against misrepresentations, he said.

At an earlier meeting with Hajime Funada, chairman of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s Research Commission on Consumer Issues, Suga received a report on proposals, including possible criminal charges over malicious mislabeling cases and other law revisions.