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NCGA Hails Japan’s Growing Acceptance Of Biotech Corn For Food

It’s great news for Japanese consumers and U.S. corn growers that Japan is turning more to biotech corn to meet growing food needs, the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) says. Bloomberg News Service reported recently that Japan's largest buyer of corn for use in food, Nihon Shokuhin Kako, is importing biotech corn for the first time this year.

“We have always believed that biotech corn is a safe product, and an integral part of reaching the production levels needed to feed and fuel the world,” says Martin Barbre, chairman of NCGA’s biotechnology working group. ”Japan is our largest export market for both conventional corn as well as non-biotech corn. This announcement is interesting because it indicates a Japanese processor is willing introduce biotech products into the food ingredient market, despite likely labeling requirements.”

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