Sanatec Seeds, a venture spin-out of the Japan’s University of Tsukuba, is the first company in the world to commercialize genome-edited tomatoes, “Sicilian Rouge High GABA”
“Sicilian Rouge High GABA” is a strain (variety registration pending) that contains four to five times more gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA), an antihypertensive, than its parent strain, Sicilian Rouge CF. This is the first generation (F1) hybrid created by crossing Sicilian Rouge CF with the genome edited breeding tomato line #87-17 with modified function of the tomato’s inheritant glutamate decarboxylase.
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has ruled that this tomato does not fall under the category of “genetically modified organisms” under the Cartagena Act and can be distributed to customers.
Accordingly, the marketing concept of Sanatec is in Phase 1 is to distribute seedlings, soil conditioners (microorganisms), and fertilizers to home gardeners, and in Phase 2 is to actually begin paid marketing.