Crop Biotech Update

Japanese Health Ministry Finalizes Policy on Genome-Edited Food Products

April 24, 2019

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) of Japan has released its regulatory policy for handling food products derived from genome editing technology on March 27, 2019. The policy establishes conditions for when genome-edited products will be regulated and when they will not.

The final regulatory policy is derived from the proposed policy reviewed for its validity by the Research Committee for Newly Developed Food in MHLW in February this year. The summary of the policy includes points of deliberation, handling of foods from genome-edited technology from the perspective of food hygiene, handling of food additives derived from genome-edited organisms, risk communication for the public, and the refinements needed as the technology develops.

For more details about the policy, read the US FAS GAIN Report.