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GM Contamination Register
Incident details
Region/Continent and country:
Asia / Japan
Category of incident:
What was contaminated:
Feral populations
GM organism involved:
Oilseed rape/canola
Year incident occurred:
2005

Route of contamination
Seed spillage during transport

Japan - Imported GM oilseed rape continues to spill from lorries and established feral populations remain viable.

The Japanese Ministry of the Environment and the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) have been continuing to conduct surveys of oilseed rape (canola) populations around Japanese ports.

2005 also saw the first citizens’ survey to look for GM oilseed rape plants growing wild in Japan. Samples were collected from a total of 1,169 inspection points in 23 prefectures. PCR tests showed that 14 samples were genetically modified oilseed rape.


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Further information

Japanese Ministry of the Environment Report for 2005. >

2005 National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES). Part 1 >

Genetically engineered canola contamination across Japan. Greenpeace Briefing May 2005. >

2005 National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES). Part 2 >

Results of a nationwide survey on alien GM canola growing wild in Japan >

Nishizawa et al (2009) Monitoring the occurrence of genetically modi?ed oilseed rape growing along a Japanese roadside: 3-year observations Environ. Biosafety Res. 8 (2009) 33–44 >


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