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JAPAN'S TAKARA SHUZO TO CHECK FOOD FOR GENETIC ENGINEERING

TOKYO, (Nikkei), Mar 30 - The Takara Shuzo Co., Japan's top manufacturer 
of distilled spirits, would undertake inspections to determine whether 
soybeans imported by Mitsubishi Corp. were genetically engineered, the 
company announced Monday. The inspections would start with soybeans to be 
imported from the U.S. in June, Takara officials said. A joint firm to be 
set up by the two companies would issue a " genetic engineering-free" 
certificate for imported soybeans, with genetically engineered content of 
no more than 5%. The partners might extend such inspections to other 
kinds of imported agricultural produce such as corn and rapeseed in the 
near future. They may also offer the service to a broad range of outside 
companies, such as manufacturers and trading houses, the officials said. 
Mitsubishi imports 350,000 tons of soybeans a year from the U.S. The 
trading giant hopes that commissioning the inspection work to a third 
party such as Takara will demonstrate the safety of its imported farm 
products.


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