SHELLISTA – From the Sea to Your Home

The Insight Team

Insight Pages Editor Shellista
Apr. 10, 2018

Japan is surrounded by the sea. Since ancient times, marine products are an important source of protein for Japanese and people around the world. Because of climate changes, overfishing and other reasons, the once abundant supply of fish and other marine resources are shrinking. Furthermore, the quality of some products is dubious. Pollution and leftovers, such as shells, cause serious environmental problems.

Many governmental and private organizations, companies and individuals are aware of these problems and have taken countermeasures. Certification programs and labels contribute to safe and healthy products and provide valuable information for consumers.


International and Japanese Certifications

Most countries in the world have regulations, certifications and label for organic food which is recognized and understood by many consumers. However, the certification and various labels for non-food products are left to private organizations and companies. For the ordinary consumer, it is very difficult to distinguish between the many labels for cosmetics, body care, cleaning and other products.

The following labels, developed in Western countries, are globally well known.

  • Ecocert
  • USDA Organic
  • BDIH
  • COSMOS Organic

Asian countries including Japan have also their own certifications and labels for non-food products, but they are not yet globally recognized.


Japan Organic Cosmetics Association (JOCA)


For this certification/label, the products must meet strict regulations and specifications. Therefore, it is equivalent and in some respects even better than most well-known international labels. The application process for Shellista products is in process.


Marine Steward Council (MSC)

Currently, marine products cannot be certified as “organic” and carry a respective label, such as Organic JAS. However, there are several labels for marine products, and the best known and highly respected certification is handled by the Marine Steward Council / MSC.



The MSC’s standard for sustainable fishing takes account of the entire fishery and ecosystem on which it depends. Fisheries are assessed according to the sustainability of the fish stocks they target; their impacts on the wider marine environment including habitats and other species; and how effectively they’re managed.

The MSC works with partners to encourage sustainable fishing practices. Look for the blue MSC label on sustainable fish and seafood in shops and restaurants.

To learn more about MSC, read on:


As of April 1, 2017, three fisheries in Japan obtained the MSC certification.

  • Scallop fishery in Hokkaido
  • Flathead flounder fishery in Maizuru, Kyoto
  • Bonito & Albacore tuna flyover fishery in Kamaishi, Miyagi


Marine products and processed food from these fisheries carry the MSC label.




For Moslems and Islamic countries, the Halal certification is very important. Halal has much in common with Kosher and Organic certification and can be used for food and non-food products. In the past, the focus was on food and restaurants, but nowadays many natural cosmetics and other non-food products carry a Halal label.


Only a few Moslems are living in Japan, but a large number of tourists from Islamic countries are visiting Japan. They want to eat halal food and by halal-certified products. The Japan Halal Association handles certification and promotion and is also organizing a Halal Fair in conjunction with FABEX.


SHELLISTA – Product descriptions and photos


Logo of Shellista

The uses the ‘Blue Sea Wave (Seigaiha)’ and the main ingredients as a motif.


Shellista products are made from shells of Hokkaido scallops which have obtained MSC also have Halal certification. – There is a large demand for these scallops which are also exported. This is good for the fisheries and distributors but also causes environmental problems because of the huge amount of empty shells which pile up like mountains.


Some of these shells are used for fertilizers, bit much is left over, and in line with the MSC guidelines, the fisheries and environment protection organizations are eager to use them for daily necessities other purposes. A result of these efforts are the Shellista products which are certified natural without any chemical additives and based on a sustainability concept.


SHELLISTA – 100% natural and safe disinfecting deodorant 

SHELLISTA is a sterilized deodorant containing calcium made of scallop shells from Hokkaido. It is strongly alkaline and can be used for removing bacteria and odors.



Shellista is available as powder and spray. The powder type can be used for washing fruits and vegetables and cleaning nursing bottles, a washing machine or the bath for sanitization. The spray type is for sanitization and deodorization such as the kitchen and the restroom, baby and the pet articles.


Product information and Comments in English and Japanese:


Company Info (in Japanese):


Yahoo (internet ordering)





Spray (for pets):


Shellista will soon also be available in several shops.

A new spray for pets is also available.

With Shellista you chose a safe and useful product with many applications and also contribute to a better environment and sustainability. Free samples are available.


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