Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

Foods Produced by Recombinant DNA Techniques

Ministry or Health, Labour, and Welfare, JAPAN


Codex Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Foods Derived from Biotechnology 
The Task Force was established under the Codex Alimentarius Commission to develop international standards, guidelines, or other recommendations on foods derived from biotechnology.  Japan has been hosting the Task Force since 2000.


Procedure for Safety Assessment
The safety assessment of foods and food additives produced by recombinant DNA techniques (hereafter GM foods) is mandatory under the Food Sanitation Law.  The Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare (MHLW) receives application, and the Food Safety Commission (FSC) evaluates the safety of GM foods in terms of human health.

Lists of Products
-   List of products that have undergone safety assessment and been announced in the Official Gazette (PDF:188KB)  
-   List of products that are being evaluated (PDF:35KB)

Monitoring Foods Produced by Recombinant DNA Technique
In order to prevent distribution of GM foods that have not been assessed in Japan, food products are analyzed at quarantines.

Labeling System of Foods Produced by Recombinant DNA Technique
Labeling System of Foods Produced by Recombinant DNA Technique was transferred to Consumer Affairs Agency.
   CAA (Consumer Affairs Agency)


Codex Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Foods Derived from Biotechnology
The Task Force was established under the Codex Alimentarius Commission to develop international standards, guidelines, or other recommendations on foods derived from biotechnology.  Japan has been hosting the Task Force since 2000.


Link for Other Relevant Web sites
(1)   Domestic Organization
FSC(Food Safety Commission)
   Standards for the Safety Assessment of Genetically Modified Foods (Seed Plants)(PDF)
MAFF (The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan)
AFFRC (Agriculture,Forestry and Fisheries Research Council)
   Innovative Technology Homeage
Ministry of the Environment
Biodiversity Center of Japan
   Biosafety
(2)   International Organizations
CODEX Alimentarius Commision
   Biotechnology
WHO (World Health Organization)
   Biotechnology (GM foods)
FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of The United Nations)
   Electronic Forum on Biotechnology in Food and Agriculture
   Risk Assessment: Biotechnology and Food Safety
   GM Foods Platform 
OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development)
   Biotechnology
Biosafety-BioTrack
(3)   USA
FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)
   Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
Biotechnology
USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture)
   Agribusiness and Cooperatives:Biotechnology
EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
   Pesticides
(4)   EU
EU (The European Union)
   Food Safety: From the Farm to the Fork
Biotechnology
Food Safety in Europe
EFSA (European Food Safety Authority)
   GMO

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