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Point4:Active pharmaceutical ingredients are not permitted for use in foods.

Point4:Active pharmaceutical ingredients are not permitted for use in foods.

The ingredient(raw material) listed on the medicinal product list can not be used for so-called health foods. Those using only one of these as raw materials are considered to be "medicinal products". However, in cases that it is clear that it is added as a food additive for the purpose of coloring or flavor in almost no pharmacological action, ,these may not be judged as "medicinalproducts."

The sorce of information

Link sorce as below :Bureau of SocialWelfare and Public Health, Tokyo Metropolitan Government(東京都福祉保健局)

List of ingredient(raw material) listed on the medicinal product(Last up dateted:2018-04-18)
「専ら医薬品として使用される成分本質(原材料)リスト」(平成30年4月18日一部改正)(PDF:159KB)

List of ingredient(raw material) listed on not judged as the medicinal product as long as not implying medicinal effect.(Last up dateted:2018-04-18)
「医薬品的効能効果を標ぼうしない限り医薬品と判断しない成分本質(原材料)リスト」(平成30年4月18日一部改正)(PDF:200KB)

The inquiry destination information in Tokyo,Japan(Japanese only)

東京都福祉保健局健康安全部薬務課監視指導担当
Health safety department pharmaceutical Affairs Supervising guidance person
http://www.fukushihoken.metro.tokyo.jp/kenkou/kenko_shokuhin/ken_syoku/toiawase.html