Comments on Japan’s Genetically Modified Organism Labeling System

3.Traceability System

 A traceability system is sometimes recommended as an alternative to scientific assessment. While the system can reveal the history and records of products, refined vegetable oils are, as previously mentioned, pure chemical components of fatty acid with their DNA and protein completely eliminated by refining treatment, whether raw material crops are genetically or non-genetically modified. That being the case, there is no significance to labeling GMO contents by tracking these oil products all the way from their raw material stage. Instead, this type of labeling system could provide consumers with misleading and misunderstanding that refined vegetable oil contains Modified Gene as we as Soybean and Canola seeds.
 In addition, a traceability system, inevitably involving on-site inspections to ensure its implementation, could drive up social costs. Currently, with a reliable international traceability system still undeveloped, it is difficult to verify the history of raw materials with highly dependent traceability. We fear Japan’s hasty introduction of a GMO labeling system, without full understanding of Japanese consumers on Vegetable oil safety could not only place a heavy burden on domestic businesses alone but also reduce product reliability and cause confusion in the domestic market.