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J AOAC Int. 2018 Jan 1;101(1):8-13. doi: 10.5740/jaoacint.17-0389. Epub 2017 Dec 5.

Japanese Food Allergen Labeling Regulation: An Update.

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Morinaga Institute of Biological Science, Inc., Sachiura 2-1-16, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan.
National Institutes of Health Sciences, 1-18-1 Kamiyoga, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan.


The Japanese food allergen labeling regulation was designed to match real Japanese food allergy circumstances and also to be enforced effectively; thus, (1) regulated food allergens were selected by prevalence and seriousness according to food allergy surveys in Japan; (2) the detection criterion for ELISA monitoring, 10 μg food allergen protein/g (or mL) food, was set up as the threshold value to regulate commercial prepackaged foods; and (3) official food allergen analytical methods, which can determine the threshold value accurately, were developed. These three points are distinctive from other countries. Furthermore, as an on-going project, the regulation has been amended according to food allergy circumstances and requirements of society. This paper presents recent changes regarding the Japanese food allergen labeling regulation. To date, the Japanese food allergen labeling regulation has been enforced for more than 15 years and seems to be working effectively. Now would be an opportune time to review the regulation for its next level of development.

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