Japan is considering expanding the scope of mandatory labeling of ingredients containing genetically modified crops from the current 33 food items, according to Consumer Affairs Agency sources.
The move is aimed at giving consumers a greater sense of security about the food they buy and eat amid growing imports of genetically modified crops and food products containing them.
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Currently eight genetically modified crops are subject to the labeling requirement in Japan. …
Japan mandates labeling if the three largest ingredients of a food product by weight contain substances from genetically modified crops and account for 5 percent or more of all ingredients.
Labeling is not required for items where genetically modified organisms cannot be detected, such as fermented food.
Some consumer organizations call for mandatory labeling of all food items containing genetically modified organisms.
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