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Succeeded in “identifying the origin of sake”! Using biotechnology, we can pinpoint when and in what brewery the sake was made. New technology protects consumers and Japanese manufacturers from fake sake sold overseas

Succeeded in “identifying the origin of sake”! Using biotechnology, we can pinpoint when and in what brewery the sake was made. New technology protects consumers and Japanese manufacturers from fake sake sold overseas

*View in browser* *Japan Distribution Management Support Organization Co., Ltd.* Press release: July 1, 2024
Succeeded in “identifying the origin of sake”! Using biotechnology, we can pinpoint when and in what brewery the sake was made. New technology protects consumers and Japanese manufacturers from fake sake sold overseas
*We use new technology to identify sake whose origin could not be proven through DNA testing. By making it possible to create
comparative data, it is now possible to prove that sake is “authentic” from all over the world. Expected to expand into foods and beverages where electronic tags cannot be embedded*
Japan Distribution Management Support Organization Co., Ltd. (Head office: Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Representative: Sano
On June 10, Masato (commonly known as JDMSO) conducted a “origin identification of sake” using a service that applied technology used in diamond production identification. As a result, we are pleased to report that we were able to pinpoint the country of origin, “which brewery it was produced in.” Please note that this appraisal was conducted voluntarily by our company to prove our technology. * ■Authentication of the origin of sake – Visualizing the sake brewery where it was made*
This appraisal was conducted using Japan’s only “scientific” origin certification service, the “Seal of Origin (TM),”* provided by our company.*
It pinpoints the country of origin, such as “which brewery it was produced in.” Up until now, the country of origin of wine and other products has been determined, but *
We are the first* to carry out origin appraisal for Japanese sake. Sake is said to be more difficult to authenticate than wine because the only ingredients are water and rice. Meanwhile,*
Analyzing water, rice, etc. down to the molecular level, does it match the original? We conducted an appraisal*.
For this appraisal, we used a total of 9 bottles of 3 brands made in 3 prefectures (Niigata, Gunma, and Kyoto) with different manufacturing dates.
Even sake made from water and rice can be classified accurately, and by looking even more closely, it is possible to determine when it was brewed.
The green part plotted in the figure shows that it was manufactured in Kyoto Prefecture, the orange part in Niigata Prefecture, and the light blue part in Gunma Prefecture. If it is a counterfeit product, it will be plotted in a completely different location in the diagram, so you can immediately tell that it is a counterfeit product. In this appraisal, *
We were able to identify the brewery where the sake was made, and were able to successfully identify the country of origin*.
* ■The frequent issue of counterfeit sake*
The reason for this appraisal is that in recent years * expensive empty bottles of sake are sold on the internet, only the contents are replaced and traded overseas *
This is because such cases occur frequently. In addition, there are cases where products are lined up in countries to which they have no recollection of exporting immediately after a new sake presentation. From the sake manufacturer’s point of view, the sake is lining up in overseas markets even though they have no recollection of ever shipping it. It is said that 30% of the alcohol distributed around the world is counterfeit, but there was no way for consumers, importers, or sellers to determine whether it was genuine or counterfeit.

* ■Identify the country of origin with Japan’s only “scientific” origin certification service*
In response to the above-mentioned problems, our company provides* Japan’s only “scientific” origin certification service, “Seal of Origin (TM)”* ( allows you to accurately determine whether the item is genuine or counterfeit.
“Seal of Origin (TM)” is a service that applies the technology used for diamond origin appraisal, *
This allows pinpoint proof of origin, such as “Which brewery was it made in?” “Which field was it grown in?” “Which sea was it caught in?”*

The “Production Seal (TM)” has a long track record in other countries than in Japan. One of them is *the issue between Ukraine and Russia over grain*
is. A granary with wheat that has the same DNA. DNA testing shows that they are the same, but *
By identifying the place of origin, we can verify that the product has not been plundered*
can do. If the Russian side mixes grain that is originally produced in Ukraine with grain produced in its own country or bulks it up and sells it as Russian, the profits could potentially become a source of funding for the war. . This is a reliable technology that has been tested to avoid such things. Other,*
We have a proven track record* with all kinds of food and processed products, including coffee, wine, abalone, and meat. Not limited to food,* proving the origin of minerals, metals, rare metals, etc.* It is also possible to

There are also many examples of application in court. For example, there have been cases in which the source of foreign substances in food was identified, submitted to companies as scientific evidence, and used in court. It has even been used in investigations by the FBI, Interpol, and Australian police.
* ■Differences from previous measures such as DNA testing*
Until now, DNA testing has generally been used to determine the country of origin. However, DNA testing cannot be used for sake because it does not have DNA. There are also countermeasures using QR codes and RFID (automatic recognition technology that reads and writes information on IC tags without contact), but there is a possibility that the codes or tags may be forged.

However, with the “Seal of Origin (TM),” you can determine whether it is genuine or counterfeit from anywhere, both domestically and internationally.*
can. The Singapore government has introduced this service nationally, conducting surprise inspections of imported goods and identifying the country of origin.
(Since the information on the product itself is analyzed and compared, there is no need to link it with the actual product using IT)

(QR, NFC/RFID, etc. cannot support changing the contents)

* ■Technology introduced by the FBI, Interpol, and foreign governments can be used at a relatively reasonable cost*
In the case of Japanese sake, it is possible to create analysis information starting from 500,000 to 3,000,000 yen.
The reasons for the wide range in prices are: “Is it manufactured in one sake brewery or in multiple locations?” “How many times a year is it produced?” “Does it contain additives?” “Does it undergo periodic verification?” Is it a spot?” and so on.

Request to certify “Wagyu” → All cows in Japan need to be verified Request for proof of “Kobe Beef” → Since only Kobe Beef is subject to investigation, costs are reduced and prices are reduced.

* ■What you can expect from using the “Production Seal (TM)”* In addition to analysis, we work with local (overseas) supporters to pick up sake that is suspected to be counterfeit and send it to a laboratory.*
We also provide this service. After analysis in the lab, we will submit a report on the results within a few days. It is possible to identify sellers of counterfeit products and stop their transactions. Through repeated analysis, data on sake will be collected, and it is expected that the accuracy will further increase.
In addition, by advertising on your website that “quality can be verified from all over the world” and “can be checked before importing”, you can increase the trust of overseas buyers and consumers and lead to increased value of your company and products. We also provide public relations support through our affiliated marketing company.

If counterfeit sake is distributed, the value of the sake brand will decrease, and this can lead to large economic losses. *
Protecting the value of authentic sake brands, increasing export volume, and increasing the number of sake fans around the world* We believe that our service will be helpful to you. We hope that this release will help more people learn about it.

* [Japan Distribution Management Support Organization Co., Ltd. Company Profile] *
A systems company that specializes in countermeasures against counterfeit products.
In order to preserve the value of Japanese products for the future, we use our advanced system development capabilities that utilize biotechnology and AI (IT) to develop systems to prevent resale, diversion, and counterfeiting, as well as traceability mechanisms. Our track record includes distribution support for branding and marketing for the Japan Fruits and Vegetables Export Promotion Council, and large-scale sanitation projects subsidized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to prevent problems such as spoilage of farm produce during export.
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