Original production lot codes fulfil an important role in any effective and efficient product recall or withdrawal process. However, the official notices 2014/2017 and liquor sales management training from 2017 have no binding force to prohibit the import and sales of any such products with lot codes that have been erased, tampered with or covered up. In June 2018, JWSIA submitted the request letter including legal expert’s opinion paper regarding the quality assurance role of production lot codes as an integral element of a brand's trademark to NTA. The EBC supports JWSIA’s action.
- The Government of Japan should issue legislation with penalties, that forbids the wholesale or retail of liquor whose lot codes have been erased, tampered with or covered up.