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.