Nippon Flour Mills to test GM foods

by Emily Wilson
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Nippon Flour Mills Co. has formed a new subsidiary to test genetically modified foods. With Japan's mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods beginning in April, Nippon said it expects an increase in testing demand from food companies.

The new subsidiary will test modified genes in foods such as soybeans and corn using an analytical method developed in conjunction with Nippon Flour, Asahi Breweries Ltd. and the National Food Research Institute of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry.

Nippon Flour estimates the sub-sidiary's sales at U.S.$2 million for the second year of operations.