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South Korea Updates Food Labeling Standard (Notice No. 2021-88)

The standard of using the "no sugar added" claim is amended. The “non-alcoholic food” labeling method is specified to improve its readability. Coffee shops are required to label the caffeine content.

On November 5, 2021, the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) published a revision to the Food Labeling Standard (Notice No. 2021-88)1, intending to provide more accurate information to consumers. The amendments are specified as below:

1. Revising the Standard of Using "No Sugar Added" Claim

Previously, a product can use the “sugar-free(무당)”, “no added sugar(설탕 무첨가)”, or “without added sugar(무가당)” claim on label when its sugar content is less than 0.5g/100g. However, the Codex specifies that a food product can be labeled with "no added sugar" or "without added sugar" only when it contains no sugar or sugar-contained ingredient.

To keep aligned with the international standard, MFDS modified the contents when using “no added sugar” or “without added sugar” claim. The detailed amendments are:

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