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Food Safety Commission Examining Return of U.S. Lamb to Japan

Japan’s Food Safety Commission (FSC) recently began its risk assessment associated with the resumption of lamb and mutton imports from the United States, Canada and several European suppliers. A draft recommendation is anticipated later this summer or in the fall, at which point Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) will open a public comment period.

One of the main issues being examined by the FSC is the definition of specified risk material (SRM). The proposed SRM definition would include spleen and ilium for animals of all ages, while adding skull, tonsils and spinal cord for those more than 12 months of age. Another key point will be whether to require an attestation on the lamb certificate. If you have questions regarding this proceeding, please email Travis Arp or call 303-623-6328.