What is described as the first service in the world to certify that foods have not been genetically engineered was to be launched in June by trader KANEMATSU CORP. with program management supplied by the local office of FARM VERIFIED ORGANIC, INC. The Medina, North Dakota-headquartered company certifies foods as organic (see Japan-U.S. Business Report No. 338, November 1997, p. 15). The new service initially will cover only products made from soybeans and corn. American subcontractors actually will check food samples to determine if the products have been genetically altered or contain genetically engineered ingredients.
An exchange rate of ¥135=$1.00 was used in this report.