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Regulating food labels in East Asia: A tale of two systems: Commentary on Negowetti et al. (2021)

Sep 30, 2021

The traditional role of food in promoting health and preventing illness is integral to many Asian cultures. This commentary provides a brief overview of health-related food products regulation in Asia. We cover regulations initiated to promote health and prevent chronic diseases and regulations of traditional medicine food products. We focus on specific regulations in Japan and Singapore that encourage the consumption of certain foods to promote population health and prevent chronic diseases. We also examine the complexity and difficulty of regulating traditional medicine food products in Malaysia and Singapore, where these products are important not just for health but also in promoting cultural traditions.


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