On 28 March 2018, the Consumer Affairs Agency, Government of Japan revised the guidelines for the registry of Foods with Function Claims (FFC). Due to the slow registration process and ineffective registry of perishable food, the agency decided to revise the guidelines in order to simplify the needed documents speed up the registration process, and make the features of perishable food more noticeable.
The agency first decreased the number of required documents. Then, they made the non-profitable institutions pre-check the registrations so that completing the registrations becomes faster. Finally, they created a special claim to be used exclusively on perishable food in order to increase the number of perishable food items with FFC.
Furthermore, object components for FFC expanded, so that the following ingredients will now be accepted for FFC: carbohydrates, such as xylitol, erythritol, fructo-oligosaccharide, xylooligosaccharide, galactooligosaccharides, chichihate oligosaccharide, etc. and sugar groups, such as L-arabinose, palatinose, lactulose, and others.
Abstract of The Health Industry News