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June 2017

Food Labeling in Japan and overseasnew

Thank you for always reading our newsletter. This month we would like to start with reviewing the recent changes in the Japanese food labeling system, one of the most covered subjects in our newsletter. .........more

April 2017

Expansion of Labeling Requirements for Processed Foods: Origin of Ingredients (6)~Public comment period opened~

On March 27, 2017, the government has invited the public to comment (hereafter, public comment) on the proposed Cabinet Office Ordinance to amend part of the Food Labeling Standard. .........more

March 2017

Basic information concerning current country of origin labeling

The first two months of the year have flown by and we are into March now. In terms of food labeling, we got the impression that "country of origin labeling (COOL)" becoming mandatory "for all processed food" has still been a major topic of discussion in Japan during the last few months. .........more

February 2017

Provision of information on food products sold online

At the end of 2016, the Consumer Affairs Agency published an advisory committee report on provision of information on food products sold online. Along with some other proposals, the Report presents survey results of consumers and business operators,.........more

January 2017

Food label news: Highlights of 2016 and upcoming schedules

Happy New Year! This year marks 9 years since the first Label bank newsletter was issued, and as always we thank you for your continued readership. The year 2016 saw a variety of events relating to food labels, and we would like to once again summarize them in this newsletter..........more

December 2016

Expansion of Labeling Requirements for Processed Foods: Origin of Ingredients (5) ~Interim report has been published~

On November 29, 2016, the Consumer Affairs Agency (CAA) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) have published the interim report on "country of origin labeling system for ingredients in processed food products". .........more

November 2016

Expansion of Labeling Requirements for Processed Foods: Origin of Ingredients (4) ~Mandatory for all processed food products/the most predominant ingredient by weight/country of origin labeling in descending order by weight (as a general rule) ~

On September 23rd, 2016, the 9th review meeting on "country of origin labeling system for ingredients in processed food products" - co-hosted by the Consumer Affairs Agency (CAA) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) .........more

October 2016

JAS for "Mastication-Friendly Food" Established

The Japanese Agricultural Standard (JAS) for "Mastication-Friendly Food" was established on August 17, 2016. The standard is to permit the use of a JAS mark on the package of the "new type of nursing-care food (Smile Care Food)", .........more

September 2016

Expansion of Labeling Requirements for Processed Foods: Origin of Ingredients" (3) ~The current status and other countries' origin labeling systems~

The 7th review meeting on the "country of origin labeling system for ingredients in processed food products" has been held on Aug. 23, 2016 - meetings have been ongoing since this January. .........more

August 2016

"Matters to be Noted relating to Health Foods under the Act against Unjustifiable Premiums and Misleading Representations and the Health Promotion Act" Published

On June 30, 2016, the Consumer Affairs Agency has revised "Matters to be Noted relating to So-Called Health Foods under the Act against Unjustifiable Premiums and Misleading Representations and .........more

July 2016

Regarding the "Gluten-free" label on Imported Food Products

On June 23, 2016, the Consumer Affairs Agency released a discussion report on "Measures for Proper Food Labeling Practices". This is part of a "Food Labeling Compliance and Education" campaign regularly .........more

June 2016

How to use the "Notification Database for the System of Manufacturer's ID Code"

The "Notification Database for the System of Manufacturer's ID Code" has been released since April, 2016. In this column we will review how to use this database to search for a manufacturing plant, and .........more

May 2016

Regarding the labeling of "Foods with Function Claims": Current situation and Outlook

In this month's column, we are going to tackle the issue of "Foods with Function Claims". We believe that a lot of people among our readers are.........more

April 2016

Expansion of labeling requirements for processed foods: Origin of ingredients

Review meeting on "country of origin labeling system for ingredients in processed food products" have been held since January this year. The possible expansion and the feasibility of mandatory origin labeling.........more

March 2016

Declaration of manufacturer contact information

This is a follow-up on "Manufacturer Identification Codes" from our last newsletter.The writer of this newsletter occasionally gives a lecture on food labeling, and manufacturer's ID codes under the new Standard is one of the topics that interests the audience. .........more

February 2016

Key changes from old to new Standard

Now that detailed requirements as to Manufacture Identification Codes was made available at the end of 2015, the new Food Labeling Standard is ready to be fully implemented. The Q&A for Food Labeling Standards released from the Consumer Affairs Agency–in which some useful.........more

January 2016

Allergen Free Claims

"Allergen free" and "Made without allergens" have a different meaning in Japan. There is a useful reference in the 'FAQs on Food Labeling Standards' for claims such as "products made without any specified ingredients (allergens-containing ingredients)".........more

January 2016

Food Labeling Regulations and Standards

The year 2015 was a year of great change in food labeling regulations and standards in Japan. Let’s review important events of 2015, which had an impact on food labeling experts, in chronological order. .........more

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