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Japan to regulate living modified organisms

(April 23, 2002 CropChoice news) As part of its move to ratify the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, Japan will require that companies using and marketing living modified organisms whose effects are unknown or could affect the environment to evaluate the risk of those organisms. They would have to perform the evaluations according to Japanese government standards.

The Cartagena Protocol, adopted in Canada in January of 2002, is an international pact designed to prevent genetically modified agricultural organisms from harming animals (human and non-human) and the environment.

Source: Kyodo News Service