Food Labeling Consultation
Covering increasingly complex regulatory needs
in a comprehensive way
- Compliance verification of ingredients and additives
- Verification of the conformity of labeling drafts on containers and packaging
- We verify the conformity of ingredients and additives against the standards for use in Japan
based on the product specifications (formulation list, etc.) such as formulation lists.
We also assess the conformity of the proposed labeling for ingredient names,
allergens, nutrition facts, etc. against the labeling standards.
What is food labeling consultation?For a food label to be appropriate, the ingredients used and substances contained should be properly reflected on it.
In recent years, however, ingredients and foods have become more diverse, and following these trends, the relevant rules have also diversified.
As a result, it has now become more difficult to keep track of whether a labeling or a formulation is appropriate or not.
Our goal is to create an environment that facilitates appropriate food labeling for those who manufacture and sell food products, by providing compliance verification services tailored to each of your project and their specific food ingredients/products.
Research on ingredients
To an appropriate formulation
Compliance verification of ingredients and additives
We assess the conformity of ingredients and additives against the standards for use in Japan based on the product specifications (formulation list, etc.).
- Research on ingredients
- Research on claims
- Development of product specifications, etc.
The standards regulating the use of various additives (or ingredients, etc.) are stipulated according to targeted food categories.
This check is often necessary for food products imported to Japan to ensure that your products formulation will not cause import issues.
Verifications on Food Labeling
To the appropriate labeling
Verification of the conformity of proposed labeling on containers and packaging
Based on the product specifications (including formulation list, etc.), we check the conformity of the prepared food labeling draft (names of ingredients, allergens, nutrients, etc.) against the labeling standards (mandatory labeling items, labeling methods, prohibited labeling items, etc.) in Japan.
- Food labeling review
- Food labeling development
- Translation of product specifications, etc.
Various labeling standards (labeling items, labeling methods, prohibited labeling items, etc.) are stipulated according to specific food categories.
Food labeling development is an essential step for all foods/drinks projects to be sold to consumers in containers and packaging.
Comprehensive Project Support
Larger or specific projects often require extended management to ensure that all regulations to be covered are considered, all items are properly tracked and that the information to be used our reviews is correct and complete for each of them.
When such information gathering and tracking is difficult to organize on your side, we will be happy to provide a comprehensive project support to guarantee that all assessments are performed (and based on sufficient information), in order to ensure the full compliance of your products for the Japanese market.
Such support includes (but is not limited to):
- Assessment of all standards needed for your products in Japan (ex: Compositional, manufacturing standards, etc.*),
and related compliance work (or introduction of a partner able to do so when our scope does not cover it)
- Review of the evidence to back up claims on your products (ex: certificate, etc.)
- All communication with your suppliers to collect the proper information
- General management of the project, with scheduled follow-up meetings on work progress and report results
- And more, depending on your project needs.
We recommend this service for projects with a large number of items, novel foods (not usual on the Japanese markets), foods with claims (ex: on the ingredients origin, or for functional health foods), or when a smooth communication with your suppliers (especially to obtain technical details) might be difficult.
(*Caution: We cannot perform lab analysis of food products, but will be able to introduce a partner with such capacity.)