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Tuesday, 17 July, 2001, 12:52 GMT 13:52 UK
P&G to recall Pringles in Japan
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Potato chips face new checks from Japan's health ministry
Procter & Gamble said it will recall 800,000 packs of its Pringles potato snacks because they contain genetically modified potatoes that are not permitted in Japan.

The salty snacks are the latest product to fall foul of Japan's zero tolerance laws on GM food which came into force in April.

They contain two varieties of potato which are approved for consumption in the United States and Canada but not in Japan, said a spokesman for Procter & Gamble Far East Inc.


As proved in the United States and Canada, our products are safe

Procter & Gamble Far East
He said P&G is voluntarily recalling the tubes of chips, which represent about 8% of total monthly sales of Pringles in Japan.

"As proved in the United States and Canada, our products are safe", he said.

Japan's new laws mean all GM foods must be approved by the Japanese authorities before they can be sold there.

Labelling of GM foods that pass the test is compulsory.

Toeing the line

The Pringles contain two types of New Leaf potato devised by US biotech company Monsanto.

Several other snack makers have recalled products since the new laws were introduced.

One of them, House Foods Corp, has said it plans to switch to buying potatoes from Germany and the Netherlands, where GM brands are not grown.

House Foods said on Monday it expects to resume sales of its potato snacks in Japan in August.

The potato chips being recalled by P&G were made in the US between last August and April this year.

Most of the eight million packs exported to Japan have already been eaten, the spokesman said.

He would not say how much the recall would cost.

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