Food Label Inspection in Japan

Label bank_Professional Food Labeling in Japan

Points to be checked

Meat products​


Meat products

We recommend the service, If-

- you are unsure about label descriptions specific to meat products.
- you want to ensure the mandatory food labeling requirements have been properly interpreted and applied in the label or the design of the food package.

Here are the points to which you should pay attention when creating a label for meat products:

- It is required to describe the method of heat sterilization in the designated manner. Descriptions may vary depending on the type and manufacturing process of products.
- It can be difficult to select a product name as it is defined according to the ingredients used and the manufacturing process.
- Words and phrases used on labels differ according to sterilization and packaging methods.
- Meat products are subject to JAS (Japan Agricultural Standards) and the Fair Competition Code, in terms of food sanitation requirements.

Frozen Foods​


We recommend the service, If-

- you are unsure of label descriptions specific to frozen foods.
- you want to create a label for frozen foods.
- you want to ensure the mandatory food labeling requirements have been properly interpreted and applied in the label or the design of the food package that you have.​

Here are the points to which you should pay attention when creating a label for frozen foods:

- As for mandatory origin labeling, the rules applied to frozen foods are different from those applied to other food items, under the ordinances of local governments.
- Food sanitation requirements and other details applied to labels vary depending on the manufacturing process.
- Extra attention may be required for the labeling of frozen foods due to the complexity of its labeling requirements.
- Some local governments require that a label include origin of ingredients.
- You need to be careful about the font size of texts on label.
- You need to confirm the production process, and indicate whether the product is frozen immediately after cooking or not (either with or without cooking before freezing). If the product has been through another process after cooking, it is considered that 'the product is not cooked before freezing'.

Functional Foods​


Functional Foods

We recommend the service, If-

- you are unsure of label descriptions specific to functional foods.
- you want to ensure the mandatory food labeling requirements have been properly interpreted and applied in the label or the design of the food package that you have.

Here are the points to which you should pay attention when creating a label for functional foods:

- Label claims are subject to labeling rules if it could mislead consumers into believing that the product is medicine.
- You should be careful not to overlook the presence of allergenic additives such as polysaccharide thickener.
- Nutrition information on label has to comply with the Nutrition Labeling Standards, which specifies mandatory nutrition labeling.
- Extra attention may be required when you use terms such as ‘natural’ and ‘additive free’ on food labels.

 

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