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2021.02.19

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Sakamai Polishing & Sake Rice Traceability

Traceability has been viewed important in various fields, which is also applied to sake brewing industry. As to rice and rice products trade, the Rice Traceability Act has required the transaction records to be created and kept since October 1, 2010, and place of origin information to be transmitted since July 1, 2011.
On the other hand, in the outsourcing of rice polishing, there used to be concern about the place of origin, the credibility of polishing ratio, which being a basis for the classification of sake, and the uncertainty whether the consigned rice was properly returned to the right person who has outsourced polishing. In fact, except for in-house rice polishing, the first rice processor to be involved in the whole brewing process is a rice polisher.
So, under these circumstances, nine rice polishing companies worked together and established Sake Rice Mills Research association(Sakamai Seimai Kenkyukai)in 2013. They have been working on, ranging from a polishing ratio up to the management of traceability in terms of place of origin and route of sake rice.〈Cooperated by: Shin Nakano Kogyo Co., Ltd. (Okayama)〉