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Japan begins monitoring for unapproved GE salmon

Staff Writer |
The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) announced the details of a monitoring plan and detection method for genetically engineered (GE) salmon, developed by AquAdvantage, which is currently not approved for commercial sale in Japan.

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The scope of the monitoring tests includes salmon (whether wild caught or farmed) and its processed products, such as, but not limited to, smoked salmon, canned salmon, salmon flakes, dried salmon products (e.g., with rice seasoning and topping(s)), salmon eggs, and processed salmon eggs.

During the monitoring test, the shipment from which the sample is taken will not be held at the port, but will be allowed to move through quarantine and customs towards commercial distribution.

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