Historical Perspective on the Regulation of Veterinary Drugs Residues in Food: Japan

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Yamamoto, Shigeki (2011)
  • Publisher: Microbial Ecology in Health and Disease
  • Journal: Microbial Ecology in Health and Disease (issn: 1651-2235)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.3402/mehd.v12i1.8036
  • Subject:
    mesheuropmc: health care economics and organizations | digestive, oral, and skin physiology

In Japan, veterinary drugs used for food production animals are imposed legal controls under the Pharmaceutical Affair Law and Food Sanitation Law. The Pharmaceutical Affair Law regulates the approval and use (appropriate dose level, route of administration, withdrawal period etc.) of veterinary drugs for food production animals such as cattle, horse, pig, chicken, fish, etc., to protect animal health. This is function of the Ministry of Agriculture Forest and Fisheries (MAFF). The Food Sanitation Law regulates residues of veterinary drugs in food to protect human health, in other words, to keep the food safe. This is function of the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW).
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