• April 20, 2023
  • WTO

Japan to Revise Specifications for Lead in Mineral Waters - Maximum Level to be Reduced from 0.05mg/L to 0.01mg/L


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The government of Japan has announced that it will revise the specifications for Lead in mineral waters. According to the government, the specifications and standards for mineral waters, which have been reviewed to ensure consistency with the water quality standards stipulated in Japan's Water Supply Act and international standards such as the Codex standards, will be amended to set a new maximum level for Lead in mineral waters. The maximum level of Lead in non-sterilized or non-filter sterilized mineral waters will be lowered from 0.05 mg/l to 0.01 mg/l, while the maximum level of Lead in sterilized or filter sterilized mineral waters will also be lowered from 0.05 mg/l to 0.01 mg/l. The revision was made based on the assessment reports from the risk assessment body, the Food Safety Commission of Japan under the Cabinet Office. The government of Japan prohibits the sale of foods and food additives that do not meet the specifications or standards stipulated in the Specifications and Standards for Foods, Food Additives (Ministry of Health and Welfare Notification No. 370, 1959) pursuant to Article 13 of the Food Sanitation Act (Act No. 233 of 1947).

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Revision of the Specifications and Standards for Foods, Food Additives, Etc. under the Food Sanitation Act

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Japan will revise the compositional specifications for mineral waters.

Notifying member: Japan

NotificationG/SPS/N/JPN/1186

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