Japan Established Voluntary Government Standards for Vegan Foods (Draft)

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On May 12, 2022, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery (MAFF) announced a draft JAS (Japan Agricultural Standard) for ‘Processed foods suitable for vegetarians or vegans’. 
 
The draft JAS includes three categories of Vegetarian foods and one category of Vegan food as below.
 
  1. Vegan – food products containing no animal-derived ingredients.
  2. Lacto Vegetarian – food products containing no animal-derived ingredients, except for dairy, honey, and lanolin.
  3. Ovo Vegetarian – food products containing no animal-derived ingredients, except for eggs, honey, and lanolin.
  4. Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian – food products containing no animal-derived ingredients, with the exception of dairy products, eggs, honey, and lanolin.
The public hearing ended by June 10, 2022.
 
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