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Gene-Edited Food to Hit Shelves in Japan amid Concerns

Gene-Edited Food to Hit Shelves in Japan amid Concerns

   Tokyo, Oct. 6 (Jiji Press)--Food products using gene-editing technology may hit store shelves in Japan within this year amid lingering consumer concerns, after a notification system for such food began in October.
   The technology dramatically speeds up improvement of plants and animals, which has been conventionally conducted through breeding.
   Critics are concerned because some of the gene-edited food products do not need to be screened for safety. Notifications to the state and indication on product labels are also voluntary.
   The technology allows a specific gene in DNA to be precisely clipped out to stop its functions and a gene from a different organism to be inserted.
   So far, tomatoes far richer in nutritional content and higher-yielding rice crops have been developed through the technology.

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