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Japan Standardizes Regulation of Liquid Infant Formula

  •   8 Jun 2018
  •    Anne Peng
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    • Japan has revised its infant formula national standards to include standardization of liquid infant formula. The revision is based on the increasing popularity of this previously niche product category. It meanwhile revised Japan FSMP standards regarding infant formula for the ill.

    Japan partially revised its Standard for the Labeling and Claim of Special Foods and opened the amendments for public feedback on May 31, 2018. Major changes include:

    Infant formula:

    • Liquid infant formula is included in the category “infant formula” along with infant milk powder
    • Liquid infant formula requires approval prior to market circulation, labeling claims etc.
    • Labeling items of liquid infant formula are similar with that of infant milk powder, however manufacturers shall add the concentration of selenium to “components” part in the labels of liquid infant formula.

    Foods for special medical purposes in Japan:

    • Change the name “milk powder for ill infants” to “liquid & powder infant formula for the ill”
    • Liquid infant formula for the ill shall get approved before having “special food” claim
    • Slightly revise quality control etc.

    Reference link

    Synopsis of Changes to the Standard (Japanese)

    Comparison between the Revised Version and Current Version (Japanese)

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