Organic and near-organic food retailers and producers are being targeted in government inspections to determine the accuracy of product label claims in Japan.

Since April, Tokyo has banned the use of labels indicating ‘no or limited use of agricultural chemicals’ without proper grounds

The farm ministry launched on-site inspection at farms and over 3,000 retailers selling agricultural products earlier this week including supermarkets and grocery stores specialising in natural foods.

Analysis to detect residual agricultural chemicals will be made and logs of cultivation history and growing sites will all be inspected. Last year it was reported that 6% of Japanese supermarkets and retailers were breaking organic product labelling rules.