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Past issues

February 2023

Report on mandatory allergen labeling for walnut: The period of transitional measures is until March 31, 2025 (Japan)~ Summary on other future revisions and transitional measures ~

On December 13, 2022, a report was submitted in response to a proposal for partial revision of Food Labeling Standards (such as mandatory allergen labeling for walnuts). According to the report........more

January 2023

Proposed labeling revision of "Healthy" claim on foods in the US

On September 28, 2022, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a proposed rule to update the definition of the nutrient content claim "healthy", which was set in 1994. The existing definition has limits for total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium and to qualify, foods must also provide at least 10% of the Daily Value (DV) for one or more of the following nutrients: vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium........more

January 2023

Japan's System for the Operation of Geographical Indication Protection reviewed

The Geographical Indication (GI) Protection System is a system to protect names of products with properties such as quality and social reputation, and so on that have been nurtured by natural, human, and social factors and environments unique to the region as regional intellectual property. The system has already been introduced in more than 100 countries around the world, and was introduced........more

December 2022

Importance of Guidelines related to the Act against Unjustifiable Premiums and Misleading Representations (Japan)

This month, we will take up the topic on the page of "Guidelines related to the Act against Unjustifiable Premiums and Misleading Representations" (the Consumer Affairs Agency) for business operators handling foods to check it again. I hope this will be good opportunity to remind people of the.....more

December 2022

Comments invitation on partial revision draft of Food Labeling Standards started ~ Addition of walnuts to the list of Specified allergens (mandatory labeling items for allergens) and Addition of rapeseed producing EPA/DHA to the list of specified genetically modified agricultural products ~(Japan)

On October 13, 2022, the Consumer Affairs Agency announced the start of invitation for public comment on the "Partial Revision of Food Labeling Standards." The public comment was closed on November 12.........more

Nobember 2022

Differences in food labeling and its concept between the United Kingdom and Japan

Since the UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) entered into force on January 1, 2021, the free trade agreement between the UK and Japan has continued to evolve, bringing tremendous benefits to both countries in their main markets........more

Nobember 2022

Japanese Agricultural Standards (JAS) for "Processed Food Suitable for Vegetarians or Vegans" established (JAPAN)

On September 6, 2022, the Japanese Agricultural Standards (JAS) for processed foods suitable for vegetarians or vegans was established. It was added to the JAS list on the website of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on the same day,........more

October 2022

Revision of the National Food Safety Standards for Beverages and Cheese in China

On July 28, 2022, National Health Commission of the People's Republic of China (NHC) and State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) announced 36 New National Food Safety Standards and 3 Amendments. This time, we will focus on "beverages" and "cheese" among the newly established national food safety standards, and compare them with the current standards.........more

October 2022

Inviting comments started about the partial revision(draft) "Matters to be Noted relating to Health Foods under the Act against Unjustifiable Premiums and Misleading Representations and the Health Promotion Act" (Japan)

On August 9, 2022, the Consumer Affairs Agency(CAA) prepared and announced a partial revision (draft) of "Matters to be Noted relating to Health Foods under the Act against Unjustifiable Premiums.........more

September 2022

Regarding the partial revision of "Labeling standard for manufacturing method and quality for Sake" (Japan)

On July 19, 2022, the National Tax Agency issued a notice "Partial revision of the statutory interpretation on Liquor Tax Act and acts /regulations, etc. related to liquor administration (the notice on statutory interpretation). Labeling standard for manufacturing method and quality for Sake.........more

September 2022

Educational leaflets and posters "the guideline of additive labeling for use of 'non-use'" released (Japan)

In June, the Consumer Affairs Agency (CAA) has released educational leaflets and posters on "the guideline of additive labeling for use of 'non-use'"on its website. In addition, "illustrations of 10 type items" are also posted on the website and I would like to focus on these in this column..........more

August 2022

Labeling of place of origin for seafood products (especially shellfish) (Japan)

Food Labeling Standards Q&A was revised on June 15, 2022, and "The guidelines for the legal product names of seafood" was revised. The revision was made in response to changes in the situation surrounding names of seafood, such as the expansion of the import and distribution of new fish species and the change of names due to the development of taxonomic research. Among seafoods, .........more

August 2022

The move from recommended to mandatory allergen labeling for "walnuts" (Part 2)(Japan)~Report on the national fact-finding survey of health damage caused by immediate-type food allergy in 2021~

At the 67th Consumer Commission Food Labeling Section Meeting held on June 6, 2022, the prospect of the mandatory allergen labeling of "walnuts" was announced. I would also like to take up the .........more

July 2022

Updates on food labeling for pre-packaged food products and the current situations of the Nutri-score labeling in the world

Eating habits are a form of culture that has the primary effect on the health profile of each country around the world. While some countries are struggling with constantly increasing rates of obesity and cardiovascular diseases due to excessive consumption of sugar and fat, others considered.........more

June 2022

"Japanese Agricultural Standard for Miso" established (Japan)

On March 31, 2022, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) newly established Japanese Agricultural Standard (JAS) for "Miso". We would like to touch on its contents this time. Perhaps surprisingly, there was no JAS for Miso until this establishment. The reason for this is that there is a variety of Miso in Japan, and it was difficult to standardize the quality of the various types.........more

June 2022

Fact finding survey results on labeling for the country of origin of ingredients released (Japan)~and regarding improvement of the legibility of allergen labeling~

On March 28, 2022, the Consumer Affairs Agency (CAA) published the "The FY 2021 Results of a fact-finding survey on new labeling system for country of origin of ingredients for processed foods". New labeling system for countries of origin of ingredients started with the revision of Food Labeling.........more

May 2022

Names of marine products in Japan and other countries

The labeling of the name and place of origin of marine products has been taken up as a topic in recent years. In Japan, the labeling of such names is required to be made in accordance with the "The guidelines for the legal product names of seafood". In other countries what kind of rules are used to make such labeling then? Let us take a look at the cases of the EU, the US, Canada, and Australia.........more

May 2022

"The guideline of additive labeling for use of 'non-use'" released (Japan)

"The guideline of additive labeling for use of 'non-use'" was released by the Consumer Affairs Agency (CAA) on March 30, 2022. The main changes from the content of "[Material 2] Revised and reflected version of the guideline" (revised draft after inviting opinions) used at "The 8th discussion about the guideline of additive labeling for use of 'non-use' " (March 1, 2022)" are shown here..........more

April 2022

"Japanese Agricultural Standards for Textured Soy Protein Products" established (Japan)~Notes on the labeling of plant-based foods~

On February 24, 2022, Japanese Agricultural Standards (hereinafter referred to as "JAS") for Textured Soy Protein Products were established. On the same day, it was added to the JAS list on the website of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and we would like to summarize.........more

April 2022

The revised draft of the guideline of "non-use" additive labeling released after inviting comments (Japan)

On March 1, 2022, the Consumer Affairs Agency (CAA) released the revised "the guideline of additive labeling for use of ‘non-use’"(draft) after inviting comments (public comments) at the discussion about the guidelines of additive labeling for use of "non-use". Some points have been changed.........more

March 2022

Regarding beverage labeling targeted for 20 years and older (Japan)

In the liquor section of supermarkets and other stores, you will see a variety of products every day. Some are alcoholic beverages, some are non-alcoholic beverages with tastes like alcohol, and some are not categorized in alcoholic beverages but contain alcohol and I feel we have more options about drinking alcohol. In this article, we will take a liquor section, looking at their definitions from the.........more

March 2022

Regarding plan for partial revision of food labeling standards (Japan)~Organizing nutrient analysis methods, adding genetically modified "Mustard greens" to the mandatory labeling list, etc.~

On January 17, 2022, the 66th meeting of the Food Labeling Section Meeting was held at the Consumer Commission of the Cabinet Office to discuss the partial revision of Food Labeling Standards..........more

February 2022

Comments invited comments about guideline draft of additive labeling for use of "non-use" (Japan)

The Consumer Affairs Agency started to invite comments (public comments) on "the guideline draft of additive labeling for use of 'non-use’"on December 22, 2021. Since there are some changes in "Type items (draft) of non-use labeling of food additives that may cause misunderstandings".........more

January 2022

Regarding prohibited labeling items (Japan)

"Discussions about the guideline of additive labeling for use of 'non-use'" have been held since this March to discuss the non-use labeling of food additives. And the other day, in "Confirmation of whether or not it falls under Article 9 of Food Labeling Standards", 11 items by types were created for "non-use labeling of food additives that may cause misunderstandings"..........more

January 2022

Items by Types of Labeling for Non-use Additives (draft) announced (Japan)

[Latest update: December 13, 2021] On December 9, 2021, "the guidelines of additive labeling for use of 'non-use’" was announced. Please refer to the material "Changes since the last discussion meeting" as well.On November 18, 2021, the Consumer Affairs Agency announced "Items by types of labeling for non-use additives (draft) that may cause misunderstandings" at the guidelines study group.........more

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