Traceability for food safety
MAFF, Japan's agriculture and fisheries ministry, is testing a system at a Tokyo supermarket that allows customers to trace the origins of the meat or fish on the store's shelves, reports NHK.
The food-tracing system developed by the ministry labels certain meat and fish products, including farmed fish, with identification codes. The codes carry information such as where the food came from, the feed used, and the distribution route of the product to the store. Customers can view the information by placing the package under a scanner set up in the store.