Japan Bans Restaurants From Serving Raw Pork Over Hepatitis Concerns

May 29, 2015

Restaurant owners that violate the law can be thrown in jail.

Japan may champion raw fish, but not so much raw pork. According to the Japan Times, the country’s Health, Labor, and Welfare Ministry has banned restaurants from serving raw pork. The ban goes into effect mid-June. Under the new rules, restaurants will only be able to serve pork that is heated for at least 30 minutes at 63 degrees celsius, or is “heat-sterilized in other ways with a similar effect.” Restaurants that violate the rules will face up to two years in jail or a fine of two million…