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Japan finalizes CRISPR-edited crop rules, suggesting gene-edited foods could hit stores in 2019

An expert panel of the health ministry finalized a report on creating rules for genome-edited agricultural and marine products on [March 18], meaning they could be on the market within months.

Under the rules, businesses will be able to sell genome-edited produce after registering with the government. This will not involve safety screenings for toxicity and carcinogenicity.

Hirohito Sone, the panel’s chief and a professor at Niigata University, says genome editing is believed to be as safe as more conventional methods for improving foods. He says it is natural for consumers to worry, and that the government and scientists need to continue providing careful explanations.

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