Japanese Agricultural Structure organic logo
The Japanese Agricultural Standard (JAS) for organic livestock products and organic processed foods changed from a voluntary standard to a mandatory standard from 16 July 2020. After this date, all organic livestock products and organic processed foods sold in Japan must be labelled with the JAS organic logo. In Japan, JAS certified importers will be required to label the products with the JAS organic logo.
The livestock products that are subject to the JAS livestock regulation include:
- meat and livestock products derived from the following domesticated animals (bovine, equine, ovine, caprine, and porcine animals) and
- poultry (chickens, quails, ostriches, ducks, and wild duck).
Effective from 25 July 2021, organic turkey exported to Japan will require to be labelled with the JAS organic logo.
Further, plant and organic plant products and organic processed foods qualify to use the JAS organic logo.
Honey and fishery products are not included under the JAS standard so are not eligible for the JAS organic logo in Japan.
One element of the equivalence agreement is Australian organic export products can be exported to Japan, on the condition of an accompanying organic goods certificate (OGC).
Exporters should note the following organics products are excluded from the equivalence agreement:
- Fishery products
- Wine, and
For further details refer to
Market Access Advice dated 16 July 2020 (MAA 2020-04).
The Agreement prohibits the use of:
- homeopathic preparations for use in soil fertilising and soil conditioning.
- wetting agents whose ingredients are not listed in the Codex "guidelines for the production, processing, labelling and marketing of organically produced foods", table 2 of annex 2.
- disodium diphosphate, ammonium phosphate and ammonium sulphate as food additives.