Japan launches the world’s first gene-edited tomatoes
By: Date: 2021-03-29 Categories: Internationalfood Tags: ,
  World Agrochemical Network Chinese Net reported:Sanatech Seed launched the world’s first direct-consumed gene-edited tomato in Japan. The Japanese competent authority announced that it would not supervise genetically modified tomatoes as genetically modified products.

  Sicilian Rouge High GABA tomato from Sanatech Seed was developed using CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology. This tomato contains high levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which helps relax and lower blood pressure. Shimpei Takeshita, president of Sanatech Seed and chief innovation officer of Pioneer EcoScience, said that the gamma-aminobutyric acid content of this tomato is 4 to 5 times that of ordinary tomatoes.
  Takeshita said:The Sicilian Rouge variety and γ-aminobutyric acid form were chosen because of their high acceptance by consumers.”Sicilian Rouge is a popular tomato. Consumers are accustomed to buying other products with a high content of gamma-aminobutyric acid. Therefore, we think it is important to introduce this technology to them in a way they are already familiar with,” he Explained.
   The International Seed Federation (International Seed Federation) stated in a statement on the notification of Japanese gene-edited tomatoes with high gamma-aminobutyric acid content:The association welcomes the launch of this product. This is also an important step in the implementation of Japan’s gene editing policy, providing opportunities for the seed industry to continue to carry out plant breeding innovations and contribute to a sustainable food system.