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MFDS Revises Health Functional Food Code

Newly approved functions of already approved active ingredients will not be listed in South Korea’s positive list of active ingredients and associated approved functional claims until after 3 years. This means companies that invest in R&D to substantiate the functional efficacy of an active ingredient can avail of 3 years protection for their IP. After this three years, any company can use the active ingredient within the scope specified in the government approval. The permitted and banned food additives are specified for Children’s functional foods. The principle of using more than two active ingredients is revised.

As revealed by Notice No. 2019-110 released on Nov. 25th, 2019, MFDS partially revised the Health Functional Food Code. Here’re the main revisions.

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