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Japan: Japan Retains Butter and NFDM TRQs in JFY2022

On June 3, Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries affirmed that it would maintain the tariff-rate quota volumes for butter at 7,600 MT and non-fat dry milk (NFDM) at 750 MT for Japanese fiscal year (JFY) 2022, in line with its...
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China: Complete Pet Food Standards

On April 24, 2022, China’s National Feed Industry Standardization Technical Committee issued a notice to collect industry input and suggestions on the establishment or amendment of national pet food standards.
Ranked No.1 in both the facility registration by China’s General Administration of Customs (GACC) and the feed product registration by China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA), the United States accounts for 20 percent of Chinese imported pet food market share and is poised to expand.
On April 1, 2022, processed food manufactures in Japan must be in compliance with new country of origin labeling (COOL) requirements. The new rule requires Japanese food manufacturers to identify on the label of the product the country(ies) where the main ingredient, by weight, was harvested or produced.
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Japan: Frozen Food Sector Continues to Show Promise

Frozen food production that was nearly zero in 1958 has transformed into an approximately $6.6 billion market today. The growing popularity and convenience among consumers in Japan for frozen foods, continue to steadily increase, particularly since...
On November 15, 2021, China notified the National Food Safety Standard: Code of Hygienic Practice of Producing for Prepared Meat Products to the WTO SPS Committee as G/SPS/N/CHN/1240. This is the first notification of a domestic code of hygienic practice of producting for prepared meat products in China.
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Hong Kong: Hong Kong Bakery Goods Market

Hong Kong is the ninth largest importer of baked goods in the world, with imports valued at $870 million. Major import categories included pastries, bread, and cakes. For the first ten months of 2021, Hong Kong imports of baked goods were $721 million, a modest increase of 1.61 percent over the same period in 2020.
Hong Kong traders complain about ongoing issues with global shipping logistics and resulting disruptions on supply chains.
Hong Kong authorities reported a detection of COVID-19 virus on imported frozen cuttlefish from Malaysia. Detections were identified on the slice surface and its inner packaging during precautionary testing at the point of entry.
The Hong Kong government recently published a report on its second Food Consumption Survey which highlights local dietary preferences.
On July 28, 2021, the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) published a notice soliciting comments on "Further Regulating the Labeling and Marking of Infant and Young Children Formula Milk Powder Products (Draft for Solicitation of...
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South Korea: Retail Foods

The outlook for U.S. products in the Korean retail industry is excellent for a wide range of products.