Archives for the 'Food Additives' Category

Food Additives: MSG, Flavour Enhancers Not Properly Labelled In Japan


Comparing food labels used in Japan and in other countries reveals that many ingredients are not properly listed by Japanese food companies. Here, we take a look at flavour enhancers and food oils. Processed foods often contain a type of … Read More

Posted April 18th, 2012 in Food, Food Additives

Food Additives: You Think You Know But Really You Don’t


CUJ and other groups held a joint seminar about food additives at Shufuren in Tokyo on February 28, 2012. Invited speaker Nakamura Mikio made a detailed presentation about the problems, with a focus on recent developments. Japan has recently been … Read More

Posted March 1st, 2012 in Biotechnology, Food, Food Additives, Trade

Lecture Series: Consumers’ Perspective on the TPP Problem

Consumers Union of Japan and other organizations have jointly started a lecture series to discuss the problems with free trade agreements from the consumers’ perspective. During the APEC meeting in the fall of 2011, the Noda Administration expressed that Japan … Read More

Posted February 8th, 2012 in Biotechnology, Civil Rights, Food, Food Additives, Food Security, TPP, Trade

New GMO Food Additives To Be Introduced Without Full Safety Appraisal

Labelled only as “amino acid and others” On September 14, 2009, two new food additives from Ajinomoto were judged to be “safe” by the Expert Committee for Genetically Modified Food and Others at the Food Safety Commission (FSC). The appraisal … Read More

Posted November 25th, 2009 in Biotechnology, Food Additives

G8 Action Network Meeting

International Preparation Meeting about the Lake Toyako G8 Summit 8 March, 2008 in Tokyo Kurihara Yasushi from the Executive Office asked everyone to give their views and opinions regarding the G8. The G8 Action Network is an open network composed … Read More

Posted March 18th, 2008 in Food Additives, FTA, Trade

Irradiated Food Ingredients

Are irradiated food ingredients imported into Japan? Food Safety Citizen’s Watch has more details with a report from a meeting with government officials and food companies. Food irradiation using gamma rays etc. damages the DNA of bacteria and has sterilization … Read More

Posted January 15th, 2008 in Food Additives

CUJ finds benzene in popular soft drinks


On 13 March, 2007 Consumers Union of Japan announced the results of its investigation into 21 popular soft drinks, vitamin drinks, and supplement drinks. 16 of the tested products were contaminated with the cancer-causing chemical benzene. The source is thought … Read More

Posted April 10th, 2007 in Food Additives