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There are certification marks of Japanese National Government, Kagoshima Prefecture and/or the Japan Liquor Association that appear on the product back label of Satsuma Shuzo Shochu products. These marks certify that the product meets strict standards for quality, manufacturing process, and raw material sourcing.
** The 750ml size of our product line, is manufactured specifically for the US market and it is not labeled with above certifications. Nonetheless, all of Satsuma Shuzoʼs Imo shochu sold in the US meet the same standards as the Satsuma Shochu products sold in Japan.
The Satsuma Shochu Mark certifies that the marked Shochu has met the standards to be certified as "Satsuma Shochu" as a "Geographically Indicated" product.
In the TRIPS agreement, the member nations of World Trade Organization (WTO) approved a number of regionally produced goods designated as "Geographical Indication", for the purposes of international conservation of social reputation and special quality. "Scotch Whiskey", "Cognac Brandy" and "Bordeauxwine" are examples of this "Geographical Indication".
The "Geographical Indication" of Satsuma Shochu guarantees that Shochu so labeled is from the recognized Satsuma Region, and that its production follows traditionally established manufacturing methods.
Specifically, to meet the "Geographical Indication" standard,
Satsuma Shochu has to meet these following requirements.
The Official name of this mark is "Furusato Ninsho Shokuhin Mark" in Japanese. The literal translation for this name is "Origin Certification Food Mark". The "3E" name comes from the English Phrases: "Excellent quality","Exact expression", "Harmony with Ecology".
To be qualified for this mark, the Shochu must meet the following
The Official name for this mark is "Minami Satsuma Honkaku Imo Shochu Mark".
To be certified for this mark, The Shochu has to meet the following requirements.