Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Japan Stations Food Safety Officials in Canada, Other Countries

(Canada-Asia News – Mainichi Shimbun)

The Japanese government has stationed 26 food safety officials at nine of its foreign diplomatic missions. The officials, mostly employees of the agriculture and health ministries, will consult with governments and relevant agencies, gather information, and inform local Japanese communities about food safety problems. In addition to the Japanese Embassy in Ottawa, officials have been stationed in the US, China, Australia, Thailand, France and Italy as well as at EU headquarters. Canada is one of Japan’s top five sources of imported food.