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MFDS Formulates Food Labeling and Advertising Authentication Rules

  •   6 Aug 2019
  •    Lennie Tao
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    • Korea has issued rules clarifying the materials necessary to substantiate the validity of food labeling and advertising which expand on the broad provisions outlined in overarching documents such as the food labeling and advertising act and their corresponding implementation rules.
    • Requirements on the provision of evidential materials like documentation, experiment/test result, 3rd party research organization reports and expert opinions are included within.

    As revealed by the Notice No. 2019-67 [1] on July 30th, further rules about food labeling and advertising authentication have been formulated to support the Korean Food Labeling and Advertising Act [2] and Implementation Rules of Korean Food Labeling and Advertising Act [3]. Here's the main content.

    Main Content

    • Requirements for documentation

      Evidential materials shall be directly and closely related to products’ labeling or advertising claims.

    • Requirements to experiment/test result:

    Experiments or tests shall be conducted by highly reliable lab institutes which adhere to rigorous and established scientific methodologies:
    1. research institutes set up and compliant with relevant laws or regulations
    2. labs that are recognized and have got relevant certificates
    3. labs or research institutes certified by MFDS
    • Experimental methods and procedures used shall be based on scientific consensus, and align with global best practices such as the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC), Association of Official Analytical Chemists (AOAC), International Standard Organization (ISO), etc.
    • 3rd party research organization requirements
    3rd party research institutes shall have all relevant technical capacities and competencies to conduct an investigation. They shall choose appropriate samples, manage data and documentation and conduct appropriate surveys, etc.
    • Expert opinion requirements
    Experts shall be objective and well recognized in their specific field.

    Reference Link

    MFDS Notice
    Korean Food Labeling and Advertising Act
    Implementation Rules of Korean Food Labeling and Advertising Act
    Enforcement Decree of the Act on Fair Labeling and Advertising (Article 4)

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    Lennie has broad experience in the food sector, especially in dairy products and health food.

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