Kirin won't used modified corn

No genetically enhanced products for Japanese brewer

Aug 24, 1999 - Kirin Brewery, Japan's largest brewery, has indicated it will stop using genetically modified corn to produce beer.


Beer is exempt from a Japanese law requring labeling of genetically altered food by April 2001. Kirin, which uses 200,000 tons of corn a year, previously has not distinguished between genetically modified and non-modified corn in making purchases. It intends to sign contracts with U.S. farmer and distributors to supply non-genetically modified corn.

Japan has approved 22 varieties of genetically altered crops for import and sale, including soybeans, corn and tomatoes, but requires that these crops and food products made from them be labeled.

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