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Gene-edited food should be labeled as such to benefit consumers

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11.07.2019

The government seems bent on deciding against subjecting gene-edited food products to strict labeling requirements.

It is apparently putting the interests of regulators before those of consumers.

The government is leaning toward adopting a policy of not requiring food suppliers to label gene-edited food products, such as red sea bream bred to have more muscle and tomatoes grown to contain more nutritional components, in a way that indicates that they have been genetically altered.

Last month, the Consumers Affairs Agency said it is “difficult” to impose such labeling requirements on food suppliers. The final decision on the issue is due soon.

The health ministry has already concluded that the alterations of one to several DNA sequences through cuts in DNA strands do not amount to genetic modification as long as no gene from another species has been introduced or remains. Therefore, food products derived from genome editing technology do not need to be subject to a special safety review, according to........

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