June 3, 2003, just_food.com: Japanese
officials found genetically modified materials in 30%
of “organic” soy products during a recent
inspection. 25 of the 80 products the government inspected
contain GM soybeans. Tofu was the most common culprit
with 20 cases testing positive for gm material. Five
natto products (a type of fermented soybean popular
in Tokyo) were also found to be contaminated.
The farm ministry is investigating the offending manufactures
in hopes of determining whether the organic mislabeling
was a deliberate falsification. Japanese consumers have
come to except such mislabelings when imported soybeans
are involved, said a consumer group spokesman.