Feb 18, 2015

Alcohol-free drinks get health stamp

Two beerlike nonalcoholic beverages on Wednesday obtained government recognition as a foodstuff with known health benefits, the first such designation for this group of products, despite a warning by an advisory panel that it might lead to more minors consuming alcoholic drinks. The Consumer ...

Middle road sought for health food labels

| Jun 2, 2014

Middle road sought for health food labels

by Mami Maruko

In an attempt to cash in on consumers’ growing interest in healthy eating, new varieties of fresh fruit and vegetables — each touting enhanced health-boosting properties — are making their way to supermarkets nationwide. When buying fresh produce, shoppers can now choose tomatoes containing ...

May 12, 2014

New health food category considered

The Consumer Affairs Agency is considering creating a new category of health foods that will include not only processed products, but also fresh food as early as next year. The “third-segment health food” is different from food for specified health uses, known as “tokuho,” ...