Hong Kong: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual
In September 2021, the Hong Kong government decided not to launch a scheme requiring pre-market safety assessments for biotech events initially proposed in 2013. Hong Kong did not have any policy changes on regulating genetically engineered (GE) products in the past year. There are no specific regulations for GE food products (including processed products), which are subject to the same food regulations as conventional foods. However, Hong Kong does maintain production and import controls on living modified organisms (LMO). Hong Kong does not impose barriers on microbial biotech ingredients/foods. In 2021, Hong Kong launched its first vegan lab-developed ice cream, containing Perfect Day’s GE non-dairy protein, in response to Hong Kong consumers’ growing interest in plant-based foods.