The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
The publication is updated to provide new information on specifications and standards, and to achieve harmonization with international standards, including those of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Health Organization.
The Ministry also has worked to prepare English translations since the first Japanese edition was published. This activity is very important in enabling non-Japanese to have access to the Japanese food additives standards. The role of food additives has become more important in food manufacturing because both the importation and domestic production of processed foods have been increasing continuously in recent years. Therefore, the need for the English edition is growing.
I hope that this English translation will be helpful in gaining a deeper understanding of Japanfs standards for food additives. I also hope that it will contribute to promoting a concerted review of international standards in light of advances in science and technology.
I sincerely acknowledge the efforts of all those who participated in preparing this publication.
Department of Food Safety
Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
Japan's Specifications and Standards for Food Additives 8th Edition.pdf