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Japan Revises the Food and Drug Ingredients Distinguishing List

Three ingredients are added into the list of substances that can be used as common food ingredients as long as they do not claim medicinal efficacy.

On November 1, 2021, Japan announced to revise the “Directory Distinguishing Food and Drug Ingredients” (hereinafter “the directory”). According to the revision, a total of five new ingredients have been added into the directory, and three ingredients have been revised. Details are as follows:

Appendix 1 substances specialized for pharmaceuticals

Name

Alias

Part

Remark

ピリミデナフィル(Pyrimidenafil)

Pyrimidenafil

/

Added

Pseudoephedrine

/

/

Added

Ephedra

/

Terrestrial stem

Extracts from which plant bases have been removed by methods such as cation exchange are "non-medical"

Glutathione

Reduced glutathione

/

The alias was added

Appendix 2 ingredients that can be used as common food ingredients as long as they do not claim medicinal efficacy

Name

Alias

Part

Remark

Oroxylum indicum

オオナタノミノキ

Bark

Added

Rhodomyrtus

Myrtle

Fruit

Added

L-エルゴチオネイン

(L-Ergothioneine)

L-Ergothioneine

/

Added

Salacia oblonga

/

Stem, root

Added the stem part


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