Japan has specific labeling requirements for products -- including fresh produce commodities -- that have been treated with post-harvest fungicides. Japanese regulations require the name of the post-harvest fungicide to be identified at the point of sale (These regulations only apply to post-harvest treatment and not when a fungicide is applied prior to harvest). Reports have indicated that these requirements have had a negative impact on U.S. fresh produce sales in Japan.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is trying to determine to what extent, if any, the post-harvest fungicide regulations have impacted U.S. exports to Japan.
Western Growers members who have been affected by this or who have comments to offer should contact Ken Gilliland at (949) 885-2267. We will consolidate all responses and forward the information on to the USDA, Foreign Agricultural Service.
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