functional food

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functional food

a food purported or proven to have a beneficial health effect.
See also: designer food, phytochemicals, biochemopreventives, nutraceutical.

functional food

A natural or processed food that contains known biologically active compounds which, when in defined quantitative and qualitative amounts, provides a clinically proven health benefit, and thus is useful in preventing, managing and treating chronic diseases.

func·tion·al food

(fŭngk'shŭn-ăl fūd)
Foodstuff demonstrated to confer physiologic benefits, reduce the risk of chronic disease, or act as a nutrient.
Compare: nutraceutical

functional food

1. Food products with additives for which, following FDA approval, health claims can be made.
2. A food that has a defined health benefit for the person who consumes it.
See also: food
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A health claim must be sustained Japan Food registered under FOSHU provide scientific evidence regulations including claim made Philippines Regulation on health claims similar to USA Singapore and Malaysia Foods products are not allowed to make any health claims Thailand Any clams made must be sustained
The least complicated English language definition is that FOSHU foods are "Foods for specified health uses ...
The Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare assesses the quality of products and only issues the FOSHU seal of approval if products meet its stringent standards.
The category of Food with Health Claims was further divided into two subcategories: Food for Specified Health Uses (FOSHU) and Food with Nutrient Functional Claims (FNFC), as shown in Figure 1.
The FOSHU system was approved in July 1991, and the first product is expected to hit the market in 1993.
The only obvious change, however, has been the reassignment of the FOSHU (Foods for Specified Health Use) approval process from the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare to the Consumer Affairs Agency.
In response to the news reports, Fujicco has issued a statement that the comment made by the Food Safety Commission is intended for FOSHU (foods for specified health use) or supplements, not for general soybean foods.
However, the product itself does not promise any specific effect or medicinal benefit to consumers, according to Coca-Cola, and it is not being marketed as a food for a specified health use (FOSHU)--foods allowed to carry a health claim in Japan.
Tokyo, Japan, Dec 21, 2005 - (JCN) - Soiken has agreed with Hakuhodo, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hakuhodo DY Holdings, to establish a joint venture company for post-marketing surveillance (PMS) studies and marketing research for food for specified health use (FOSHU).
As things currently stand, the regulatory environment for nutricosmetics is more favorable in Japan, where an established system is in place for the approval of functional foods and nutricosmetics--called FOSHU (Food for Specified Health Use).
Tokyo, Japan, Oct 26, 2005 - (JCNN) - Taisho Pharmaceutical has begun marketing Glucocare Powder Stick, a new product for the company's food for specified health use (FOSHU) series Livita, across Japan.