Japan: Testing of ‘organic’ soy products turns up GM materials

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.