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Cornmeal violates JAS law


According to the Japanese ministry of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries, 11 of 59 soybean and corn-processed products subject to a government investigation were found to contain ingredients with genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the Japan Times reports.

One of the products, a cornmeal used to make bread and cakes, violates the Japan Agricultural Standards Law because its label does not feature a warning over the product's levels of GMOs. According to the product's label, the cornmeal contains no GMO ingredients.

However, in terms of weight, it was found that some 6 per cent of its ingredients are genetically modified, the ministry said. If a food's GMO content is more than 5 per cent, manufacturers are required to mention it on the labels.

According to the ministry, the manufacturer recalled all the products even though they passed the safety tests.

The other 10 goods found to contain GMOs included cornmeal, tofu and fried tofu products. Of the latter, the cornmeal's GMO level is no more than 5 per cent while the ministry was unable to calculate the precooked GMO level of the soy beans used in the tofu and fried tofu products, it said.

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