Japan to improve quality of local cheese amid growing imports
With the anticipated entry of more imported cheese coming from Europe, Japan is now trying to come up with measures how to support their local cheese makers.
More cheese imports from Europe is just one of the potential results as Japan-European Union economic partnership agreement is signed, The Japan News wrote.
The report said that as early as now, Japan’s Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry is already planning to intensify research on lactic acid bacteria, which plays a key role in cheese making, that are indigenous to Japan.
The agency will also study processing methods suitable to the climate of the country.
“These efforts are aimed at domestically producing flavorful, aromatic cheese,” the report said.
“The move is aimed at countering cheese products made in Europe, which have strong brand presence, ahead of the planned effectuation of the Japan-EU EPA,” it added.