Sep 12, 2014

Taiwan says unsafe 'gutter oil' products did not enter Japan

Japan did not import any products made with the “gutter oil” raising growing concern about food safety in Taiwan, the island’s health authorities said Friday. Food and Drug Administration Deputy Director-General Chiang Yu-mei said 14 food items made with so-called gutter oil have been ...

Aug 5, 2014

Japan, China eye meeting over food safety this month

The Japanese and Chinese governments are making preparations to hold a working-level meeting on food safety later this month in light of a recent scandal over expired chicken meat provided by a Chinese producer, Japanese government sources said Monday. Aside from the content of ...

Fast-food follies have media in a frenzy

| Aug 2, 2014

Fast-food follies have media in a frenzy

by Mark Schreiber

Almost exactly a year ago (on July 27, 2013), this column reported on how the print media was inundated with concerns over the safety of foods from abroad. Among the sources cited was Takarajima magazine, which quoted a foodstuffs importer as saying, “The decline ...

Jul 29, 2014

Break by McDonald's from China making others in Japan nervous

The decision last Friday by McDonald’s Co. (Japan) to halt sales of all chicken products made from meat from China came as a shock to other restaurant operators and retailers in Japan that use products from China. The fast-food giant made the decision amid ...

Jul 25, 2014

McDonald's Japan switches chicken sourcing to Thailand

McDonald’s Co. (Japan) said Friday that it has halted sales of all products containing chicken meat from China and switched sourcing completely to Thailand. The fast-food giant’s Japan business had already stopped selling items made with meat sourced from Shanghai Husi Food Co., a ...

Mar 10, 2014

Big retailers doing their best to overcome consumers' fears

The retail industry has been aiding the recovery effort for primary industries in coastal Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, holding special events and campaigns to promote their products. However, food safety assurances from local farmers and fishermen haven’t always been strong enough to allay ...

Feb 11, 2014

Food safety measures fall short

The case of intentional food contamination by an employee at a subsidiary of Maruha Nichiro Holdings Inc. has exposed shortcomings in the product safety measures taken by Japanese food makers.

Irradiated food poses moral dilemmas

Jun 26, 2011

Irradiated food poses moral dilemmas

by Tomoko Otake

Mail-order food-delivery companies and cooperatives have long been among the leading campaigners for — and custodians of — food safety in Japan. Although they are small in scale compared with major supermarket chains, since they first began to appear in the 1960s and ’70s ...