Japanese food processors are paying more attention and devoting greater resources to improving product labelling and food safety. According to a new survey conducted by the Nihon Keizai Shimbun, 62% of companies now consider the issue of food labelling to be very important, while 59% said they take seriously the problem of foreign substances in food products. Areas of improvement remain, however, with just 44% considering the issue of residual agricultural chemicals in food important, and 46% being concerned about illegal flavouring agents.