With the Japanese law and regulations, health food labels must include the raw materials used. However, only the names of raw materials are required for labeling and not their amounts.
In analogy with automobile and home electric appliances, specs that show the performance of a particular product in numerical terms are used to help customers make purchasing decisions.
The equivalent of the specs for health foods is the labeling of the amounts of raw materials. Some major manufacturers recently started to put labels to indicate the amounts of the ingredients used for their products.
However, majority of health products still do not have labels with such information. Even among major manufacturers, only a few indicate the amounts of all ingredients on their product labels.
This shouldn’t be the way it is, don’t you think?
Health foods are something you put in your mouth. We wouldn’t want to take something we don’t know what the ingredients are and how much of the ingredients it contains.