In addition, the Japan Health Food & Nutrition Food Association recommends that the following information should be provided:
- 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.
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).
- 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.