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The Center for Food Safety in Japan and the Seikatsu Club Consumers’ Co-operative Union (SCCCU) of Japan, announced they jointly oppose the commercialization of the genetically engineered (GE) salmon recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). . .
“We are determined to urge the Japanese government not to approve this GE salmon. Japanese consumers will firmly reject any GE salmon,” said Koichi Kato, president of Seikatsu Club Consumers’ Co-operative Union (SCCCU) of Japan. SCCCU has 350,000 members all over Japan. “Of course, our co-op will never sell such salmon.”
Japan is one of the largest importers of seafood in the world. Above all, salmon is very popular among Japanese consumers. Japan imported nearly 200 billion yen (approximately 2 billion U.S. dollars) worth of salmon and trout in 2014. “If the Japanese government also approves GE salmon, it will be labeled as GE when sold at grocery stores. The GE salmon is sure to get a cold reception,” said Kato. On the other hand, restaurants and most processed foods are exempted from Japanese GE food labeling law. “I am concerned that people will be forced to eat GE salmon without noticing that it is GE,” added Kato.
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