News Release

Satake Expands its Pesticide Residue Analysis Service

June 26, 2008

June 26, 2008

Satake Expands its Pesticide Residue Analysis Service

Now accepting 466 types of specimen for analysis

Pesticide Residue Analysis

Satake began offering the Rice Pesticide Residue Analysis Service to help its customers comply with the Japan's Positive List System* established in May, 2006. Now, Satake is pleased to announce that, starting July 1, 2008, the service has been expanded to encompass vegetables and fruits.

Consumer interest in the safety of food products has increased dramatically over the last few years. For products ranging from Japan's staple crop, rice, to all types of vegetables and fruits, consumers are requesting clearly displayed information on heavy metal content and pesticide residue in addition to production date, origin, and variety.

Guided by Satake's core values of safety, peace of mind, deliciousness, and healthfulness, the Rice Pesticide Residue Analysis Service was a great success, and as a result customers began requesting analysis services for their vegetable and fruit products as well. To satisfy these requests, Satake now unveils its new Vegetable and Fruit Pesticide Residue Analysis Service.

The new service expands the number of analyzable specimens from 180 to 466, while maintaining the same high standard of analysis.

Producers and distributors can now reliably determine the level of pesticide residue in their products, and consumers everywhere can enjoy their food with complete peace of mind.

*A positive list system individually establishes allowable levels for specific residual agricultural chemicals, antibiotics, or feed additives in domestically distributed food products. For all chemicals not explicitly named in the list, a very strict general limit applies.

* Please note descriptions in news releases are accurate as of the date of release and may differ from the most up-to-date information.