On August 8, 2018, Japan introduced new standards for liquid infant formula under the Food Sanitation Act. As a result, liquid infant formula is now permitted for manufacture and sale in Japan whereas only powdered infant formula was previously allowed. Imported whey powder used for the production of liquid infant formula will likely enter under a special tariff-rate quota.
Until now, the absence of official government standards for liquid infant formula in Japan prevented its production and sale in the country.
MS Iceland Dairies has signed a production and branding agreement for Ísey skyr with Nippon Luna, which is owned by one of Japan’s largest fresh and frozen food companies, Nippon Ham.
This is the biggest production agreement has made to date, but Japan is the second largest yoghurt market in the world, after the United States.
Fans of the Icelandic skyr will have to wait a few months though because production facilities will have to be constructed in Japan, but the plan is for Ísey Skyr to hit the Japanese market in early 2019. The aim is to have Ísey skyr available in as many stores as possible in the next few years, but there are about 70.000 grocery stores.
EU och Japan har träffat en politisk överenskommelse om att ingå ett frihandelsavtal, meddelsr EU:s handelskommissionär Cecilia Malmström.
Japans premiärminister Shinzo Abe besöker Bryssel på torsdagen och förväntas då formellt underteckna avtalet tillsammans med EU-kommissionens ordförande Jean-Claude Juncker och EU:s permanente rådsordförande Donald Tusk.
EU förväntas öppna sin inre marknad för den japanska fordonsindustrin, medan Japan i gengäld ska slopa införselskatten på ost och andra mejeriprodukter från unionen.
Japan’s dairy industry is in crisis mode as the country’s top milk producing area falls behind in raw milk production.
Slammed by destructive typhoons last summer and facing fundamental challenges, dairy farms in Japan’s large northern island of Hokkaido are struggling, their problems affecting people throughout the country.
In the past few years, Japan has suffered occasional butter shortages, due largely to decreased milk production in dairy farms outside Hokkaido. These farms are generally smaller than their northern counterparts, and thus more susceptible to external forces that can affect production
Japan’s pricing structure for milk products can be blamed for this: Raw milk used for producing drinking milk is priced higher than milk used to make butter, cheese and other processed dairy products. As a result, a smaller portion of raw milk was allocated for butter.