Keeping up with regulations regarding food additives can be a difficult task. However, in Japan, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) has published a helpful online guide to food additives and how their use is regulated in that country.
The regulation of food additives in Japan dates back to 1947 and the passage of the Food Sanitation Act (FSA). The FSA introduced a positive list system for food additives that have been designated as safe for use. The designation system was amended in 1995 to encompass all types of food additives, including synthetic food additives as well as those of natural origin.
The MHLW’s online guide provides direct access to lists of currently designated and existing food additives. The guide also describes the process for requesting approval of new food additives, and provides access to additional documents that provide more detailed guidance, including the required risk assessment process.
The MHLW’s online guide to food additives is available at the MHLW’s website.