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Japan’s Consumer Affairs Agency (CAA) is seeking public comment on proposed revisions to its Food Labeling Standards, including two related to agricultural biotechnology. CAA proposes the addition of processed food containing genetically engineered...
On January 11, 2021, the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) issued biosafety certificates for imports of two new traits along with the renewal of three others.
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Japan: Japan 238th Food Safety Group Announcements

On December 25, 2020, Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) proposed revisions to Japan’s maximum residue levels for three pesticides (Cyflumetofen, Tiadinil...
On December 23, the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare (MHLW) amended the handling procedures for products that are derived from the crossbreeding of genome edited varieties which have already...
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Australia: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

The Australian federal government is supportive of biotechnology and has committed considerable long-term funding to research and development. The Australian Productivity Commission recently completed an inquiry into the regulatory burden on farm businesses focusing on regulations that have a material impact on the competitiveness and productivity of Australian agriculture, including the impact of regulations for genetically engineered (GE) products.
The Government of Japan has completed and published guidelines for handling food and agricultural products derived from genome editing technology.
In most cases Japan’s Food Labeling Law does not require genetically engineered (GE) food labeling for highly processed food products that contain no foreign genetic material.
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South Korea: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

In April 2019, the Rural Development Administration (RDA) announced the creation of its Center to Commercialize New Breeding Technologies.
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Taiwan: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

Taiwan uses a science-based process for evaluating and granting approval for imports of genetically engineered (GE) products for processing, food, and feed use.
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Vietnam: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) issued Certificates of Food and Feed Safety Approvals for ten genetically engineered (GE) events for corn, soybeans, and alfalfa in 2018-2019.
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Philippines: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

The Philippines continues to be a regional biotechnology leader.
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Indonesia: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

This report updates the 2018 Agricultural Biotechnology Annual Report.