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Enhancing Regulation of Nutraceutical Products in Malaysia: Lessons from Japan


Dec 02, 2020

The article examines regulation of nutraceuticals in Malaysia and identifies significant issues therein. Comparative analysis with Japanese nutraceutical regulations was made to learn how Japanese classifies its nutraceuticals under specific categories known as Food for Specified Health Uses (FOSHU). Products bearing the FOSHU logo went through strict clinical tests and are allowed to make health claims on their labels and were proven effective and safe for consumption as claimed. The article made several recommendations for the establishment of a legal framework to regulate nutraceutical products in Malaysia.

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