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Tomato is first CRISPR-edited food to go on sale in the world

A basket of red tomatoes

Tomatoes with genes edited by CRISPR technology are now on sale in Japan

Courtesy of Sanatech Seed

For the first time ever, you can now buy a food altered by CRISPR gene editing – at least, if you live in Japan, where the Sicilian Rouge High GABA tomato has just gone on sale.

“We started shipping the tomatoes on September 17,” says Minako Sumiyoshi at Japanese start-up Sanatech Seed, which is selling the tomatoes directly to consumers. She says demand for the tomatoes is “not too bad”.

“It is a very significant milestone for CRISPR foods,” says  …