|Health food generally
can be called as "Functional Food"
or "Dietary Supplement" in world.
The definition about health food in China:
this kind of food has special service-health
functions, which is to say can be eaten
by the given people and adjust body's function,
but it's aim is not the cure. So the applied
health food must have three properties:
(1) food property;
(2) function property;
(3) non-medicinal property.
Besides above foods provided with special
functions, nutrient products have also been
included into health food's administration
as nutritional supplements, such as the
foods for supplying nutrition, which the
main materials are vitamins and minerals.
These kinds of food can apply for health
food licences as well.
It is prohibited to produce, sell and import
any product or nutritional supplement that
claim to have health function without approval
from the Ministry of Health P.R. China.