Table 3     
The labeling of FOSHU-approved foods must provide the following information:

  • the designation (and trade name) of the food
  • the date of manufacture
  • the name and address of the manufacturer and the distributor of the food
  • the net contents (weight or volume)
  • the reason for approval (effect on health) and general guidelines on health
  • a table of nutritional values and calories
  • the names of the ingredients of the food (listed in descending order)
  • the date of minimum durability (the period within which the quality may be maintained under specified storage conditions after manufacture of the food)
  • an indication that this is a “Food for Specific Health Use,” the recommended intake and a warning against excessive intake under the heading “Cautions,” any special cautions relating to intake, cooking, or storage of the food (where necessary)
  • the name and address of the person (corporation) to whom the approval was granted if this person (corporation) is not the manufacturer.
In addition, the Japan Health Food & Nutrition Food Association recommends that the following information should be provided:
  • it is important to maintain a balanced diet;
  • the FOSHU is expected to be good for your health, and therefore it should be consumed as part of the daily diet, replacing ordinary foods;
  • attention should be paid to the directions for use, such as the anticipated effects and the recommended intake;
  • the labeling has been approved by the MHW.
Source: Michael Heasman & Julian Mellentin, Japan — the Regulation and Marketing of Functional Foods and Beverages in The Business of Healthy Eating — Global Trends, Developments, and Strategies in Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals, (Financial Times Business Ltd., London Oct. 1998).