Japan's 'Father of Edible Raw Eggs' Hiromitsu Katoh Committed to Bringing Japanese Egg Technical System to the World's Largest Egg Producer
newsonjapan.com -- May 15
In recent years, Japanese edible raw egg standard is having a positive impact on China, the world's largest egg producer and consumer.

Edible raw eggs are becoming popular among emerging middle class. As a well-known expert in Japanese laying hen industry, Mr. Hiromitsu Katoh is playing an increasingly significant role in the new trend of egg consumption in China. Employed by a unique and forward-looking egg brand in China— “Yellow Swan” as the chief scientist, he came to China at the age of 75 to personally guide and participate in the application and promotion of Japanese edible raw egg standard system in China.

Known as the "father of edible raw eggs" of Japan, Mr. Hiromitsu Katoh is one of the first-batch doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) in Japan, the president of Japan Poultry Industry Science and Technology Research Association (JPISTRA), the founder and president of Poultry Products Quality Control (PPQC) Co. Ltd., and the visiting professor of Osaka University.

It is understood that Mr. Hiromitsu Katoh has been engaged in Japanese poultry industry for more than 50 years. Entrusted by the government to solve egg safety problems such as Salmonella, he founded PPQC in 1982, implementing Salmonella control (HACCP system), studying unknown poultry diseases, and confirming and promoting a number of new technologies. In the past 38 years, PPQC has served more than 700 million laying hens in Japan, set up a high standard of edible raw eggs, and almost eliminated all the egg safety problems, living up to the trust of the government.

The latest data released by Japan's Egg Export Commission (JEEC) showed that, 32-billion eggs were sold to customers per year in Japan, while the number of food poisoning cases caused by eggs and egg products decreased year by year, and only one case occurred in 2018.

Bringing more than 50 years of technical experience to Yellow Swan, Mr. Hiromitsu Katoh hoped that Yellow Swan’s eggs can meet the Japanese edible raw egg standard, and meanwhile more intensive poultry farms and family poultry farms in China can use scientific breeding technology, and high-quality standards and management concepts, and join hands to accelerate the quality upgrading of laying hen industry in China.

(The ceremony for appointing Dr. Hiromitsu Katoh as the chief scientist of the Chinese egg brand Yellow Swan, Hiromitsu Katoh on the left and Yellow Swan founder Mr. Feng Bin on the right)

近年、日本の生食用卵の基準は中国という世界最大の卵製品生産・消費大国に積極的な影響を及ぼしている。

そして、生食用卵は多くの新興中間層の中で人気を呼んでいる。日本の養鶏業界の権威である加藤宏光さんは、中国という新しい卵製品消費市場においてますます重要な役割を果たしている。加藤さんは、独特な視点と先見性を持つ中国の卵製品ブランド「黄天鵝(ホワンテンエ)」にチーフサイエンティストとして特別招聘され、75歳の高齢にもかかわらず中国を訪問し、自ら日本の生食用卵のスタンダードシステムの中国での応用と普及に携わった。

(中国卵製品ブランド「黄天鵝(ホワンテンエ)」、加藤宏光博士をチーフサイエンティストに招聘!(加藤宏光氏(左)、黄天鵝の創始者・馮斌氏(右))

日本で「生食用卵の父」と讃えられる加藤宏光さんは、日本臨床獣医学最初の博士(DVM PhD)であり、そして日本養鶏産業研究会(JPISTRA)の会長、PPQC(養鶏生産物品質管理=Poultry Products Quality Control)株式会社の創始者・社長、大阪大学の客員教授を務めている。

加藤宏光さんは日本の家禽業界で50年以上の研究実績経験があり、そして卵のサルモネラ菌制御等の安全問題の解決という政府からの依頼を受けた後、1982年に(株)PPQC研究所を設立したという。これによって、サルモネラ菌制御(HACCPシステム)を実施し、家禽の未知の病気を研究して、新技術の確立及びそれの業界への提供に取り込んでいる。38年来、PPQCは日本政府の期待に背かず、日本の7億羽超の採卵鶏にサービスを提供し、この業界で安全かつ生食用の高い基準を樹立し、卵製品の安全問題をほぼ根絶した。

ジャパンエッグエクスポートコミッション(JEEC)が発表したデーターによると、日本では年間320億個もの卵が販売されているが、2018年の一件を除いて、卵や卵製品による食中毒事件が年々減っていく傾向にある。

加藤宏光さんは、「50年以上の技術と経験を黄天鵝(ホワンテンエ)に持ち込んだのは、黄天鵝は日本の生食用基準に達することを願うだけではなく、中国のより多くの大規模な飼育場や家庭農場が一致協力して科学的な飼育技術、品質基準と管理の理念を生かして、中国の養鶏産業の品質向上を加速してほしい」と語った。

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