Comments on Japan’s Genetically Modified Organism Labeling System

2.Genetically Modified DNA in Vegetable Oils

 As you may know, refined vegetable oils are 100 percent pure fatty acid with impurities, such as pigment and scent components, removed along with protein and DNA from oilseed when extracting crude oil during the refining process. Thus, to introduce a mandatory GMO labeling system, a scientific assessment should be conducted to determine whether refined vegetable oil products contain DNA. Before Agency’s GMO labeling review meeting, they examined refined vegetable oils using the latest analytical technologies at the National Institute of Health Sciences and verified they do not contain DNA and protein. Based on this result, it is reconfirmed by a scientific perspective that DNA is not included in refined vegetable oils, and therefore, we think mandating GMO labeling for these oil products is inappropriate.