Japan's Largest Soya Processor Going GM-Free (Avoids Monsanto Soy Crops)
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Headline: Japan food maker to drop gene-altered soybeans
Wire Service: RTw (Reuters World Report) [EXCERPTS]
Date: Wed, Sep 1, 1999
TOKYO, Sept 1 (Reuters) - Japan's largest maker of soybean protein
food products, Fuji Oil Co Ltd, said on Wednesday the group will stop
using genetically modified (GM) soybeans by next April due to consumer
concern over the safety of bioengineered crops.
Fuji Oil will start switching to non-GM soybeans in the
October-March period, a company spokesman said. Until now Fuji Oil has
not distinguished between GM and non-GM soybeans when placing orders.
The Fuji Oil group uses 80,000-100,000 tonnes of soybeans annually,
most of which is imported from the United States.
Fuji Oil plans to buy non-GM soybeans imported from the United
States by the Japanese trading house Itochu Corp. Fuji Oil is a member of the
Itochu group of companies.
Japan imported 2.85 million tonnes of soybeans in the first seven
months of 1999. Traders expect 75-80 percent will be used for oil
production and the rest for other food products, such as tofu.
Last month several of Japan's largest breweries announced plans to
stop using genetically altered corn, and ingredients made from such
corn, in their operations.