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Japan Reviews Food Labeling System After Deaths Linked to Supplements

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The Consumer Affairs Agency in Japan is reviewing the system that allows food products to be labeled with specific health benefits. This review comes in the wake of several deaths and hospitalizations linked to the use of dietary supplements containing beni kо̄ji (red yeast rice) produced by Kobayashi Pharmaceutical.

ensuring the safety of functional foods and clarifying standards for reporting health damage.

Currently, under the system, makers of functional foods can obtain permission to make health claims by simply reporting certain scientific evidence regarding safety and functionality to the agency in advance. However, the recent incidents have raised concerns about the adequacy of this process.

The panel is considering a number of changes to the system, including requiring more rigorous scientific evidence, increasing the agency's oversight of functional foods, and improving the system for reporting health damage. The goal is to ensure that consumers have access to safe and effective functional foods.

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May 21, 2023 | 05:09