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International Food Laws & Regulations

Food laws regulating food formulations and food additive usage vary widely from country to country. Many food additives, which are on generally recognized as safe (GRAS) list in the U.S. are heavily regulated in Asian countries and European Union territories. For example: Benzoic Acid is a very commonly used preservative in the U.S. and its usage is widely accepted in many different types of foods. In Japan the same ingredient is permitted in just five different types of foods and is restricted to a certain maximum allowable amount in each food (Sample Page). Most Asian countries have a positive food law where the tolerance limits and usage limits are precisely defined in the food law. Failure to comply with the foreign food regulations can lead to product rejection at customs and in countries such as Japan it can also lead to your company being blacklisted for several months.

We offer electronic formats of food additive regulations for the following countries

  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • United Kingdom
  • E Numbers to comply with EU Regulations

In addition, we also offer the following:

  • Harmonized Schedule Codes for various food and agricultural products.
  • Technical translations such as analytical testing methods, scientific publications, official documents, letters and forms.
  • Research for special projects/products and market analysis at special contract prices.

For details please contact inquiries@fecs.us


Food Export Consulting Services
3335 NW Spencer St.
Portland, OR 97229
Phone/Fax: 503.384.0469
Email:aengquist@fecs.us


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