In October 2018, the Food and Drugs Supervisory Agency (Badan Pengawas Obat dan Makanan or "BPOM") enacted Regulation No. 31 of 2018 on Processed Food Labels ("BPOM Regulation 31"). Before the issuance of BPOM Regulation 31, labelling of processed food was regulated under the following BPOM regulations:
(a) BPOM Regulation No. 27 of 2017 on Processed Food Registration (b) BPOM Regulation No. 23 of 2016 on Labeling and Advertising of Information for Non-Additive Food (c) BPOM Regulation HK.03.1.23.06.10.5166 of 2016 on Origins of Certain Material, Alcohol Content, and Expiration of Drug Labels, Traditional Drugs, Food Supplements and Food Information
BPOM Regulation 31 revokes those regulations. With the issuance of BPOM Regulation 31, most of the provisions on labelling for processed food are merged into one unified regulation.
Content and implications
BPOM Regulation 31 requires business actors to provide complete and accurate information on the label of their processed food products. The regulation contains very technical descriptions of what information business actors must put in the labels of their processed food products and how they must be written, e.g., fonts, sizes, formats, etc.