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Recognition Agreement: Japan  
USDA Recognition of a Foreign Government’s Conformity Assessment Program as Authorized under 7 C.F.R. §205.500(c)(1)
The Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has determined the following foreign government conformity assessment programs sufficient to ensure conformity to the technical standards of USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP). These determinations allow organic certification organizations in good standing, under the programs listed below, to apply the NOP technical standards to certify operations that produce or handle agricultural products that will be sold, labeled or represented as organic in the United States. Production or handling operations certified by an organization that is recognized under these determinations may only use the USDA organic seal on their products when those products have been produced and handled in accordance to the NOP regulations.

I. Japanese Government - Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF)
Food Safety and Consumer Affairs Bureau
Labeling and Standards Division
Through its Incorporated Administrative Agency, the Food and Agricultural Materials Inspection Center (FAMIC)

MAFF Program Contact: Ms. Yuko Watanabe
Phone: +81-3-6744-2097
Contact for FAMIC Evaluation: Mr. Takashi Ueki
Phone: +81-48-600-2371

Effective Date of Recognition: May 19, 2008
Status: Current

Certification Organizations in Good Standing: To be announced



  Last Modified Date: 10/08/2009