JAPAN: Government mulls extending GM labelling requirements
In response to the recent GM-contaminated snack food recall by manufacturer Calbee Foods, the Japanese government is considering extending the requirements of labels on genetically modified food products. The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries revealed that it is likely to revise labelling requirements to cover ingredients such as processed GM potatoes.
According to Kyodo News, the Japanese government has approved only 35 GM foods for human consumption. The Food and Drug Administration in the US has approved 51.
Food firms are meanwhile intensifying quality checks to ensure that GM ingredients do not unwittingly enter their products.
Tokyo-based Calbee was forced to recalled its Jagariko potato snacks after tests discovered the presence of the New Leaf Plus potato, a GMO widely used in the US but unapproved in Japan.
To read about the Calbee recall, click here.
Faith in the health benefits of a 'Mediterranean' diet have made olive oil fashionable, but the health advantages of rapeseed oil are lost on most consumers. It's actually one of the healthiest of fat...
The Australian state of Victoria is investing in a programme to identify new opportunities for its food and agriculture industries. As part of this initiative the government conducted extensive resear...
Traces of genetically modified (GM) material have been found in canola from Victoria, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported....
Australian agriculture minister Warren Truss has called on state and territory governments to end their moratoria on the cultivation of GM crops if they are at all serious about making their jurisdict...
The Brazilian port of Paranagua stepped up its ban on exports of genetically modified soybeans in May, despite a Supreme Court ruling in April that the port must ship the GM beans, the Dow Jones news ...
The European Food Safety Authority has declared that genetically modified maize strain Bt11 maize, genetically modified to resist certain butterfly and moth pests, and containing a tolerance to the h...
Two-thirds of Russians are unwilling to eat food containing genetically modified ingredients, according to a poll conducted by the All-Russia Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM) and reported by th...
The European Commission has asked the European Union Council of Ministers to take action against five national bans on genetically modified products, that Brussels considers illegal under EU law....
- Danone's Q1: four things to learn
- Who will buy Danone's Stonyfield business?
- Column: Why snacking is the new meal
- Opinion: Big Food needs to think radically
- Nestle Q1 update: four things to learn
- Nestle to cut UK confectionery jobs
- PepsiCo affirms full-year target as Q1 hits mark
- Glanbia signs deal on Dairy Ireland stake sale
- Dole Food Co. files to go public again
- 2 Sisters' chief Boparan invests in UK's Crawshaw