健康・医療Foods Produced by Recombinant DNA Techniques

 The safety assessment of foods and food additives produced by recombinant DNA techniques (hereafter GM foods) is mandatory under the Food Sanitation Act. The MHLW examines how the transplanted genes behave and whether harmful elements are generated, for example, to comprehensively assess the safety of GM foods.

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 Act.  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.


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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.

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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.

Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme Codex Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Foods Derived from Biotechnology

1.What is the Codex
 Explanation about the Codex Alimentarius Commission

2.What is the TFFBT
 Explanation about the Codex Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Foods Derived from Biotechnology (TFFBT)

3.Summary & Information
 Summary of the TFFBT Sessions held in the past and Information on the next Session

4.Related International Conferences
 Summary of international conferences related to the TFFBT

5.Link
 Link to the sites related to the Codex

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Link for Other Relevant Web sites

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Contact

Office of Health Policy on Newly Developed Food
Food Safety Standards and Evaluation Division
Pharmaceutical Safety and Environmental Health Bureau