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A company in Yokohama has developed a technology that can tell whether bamboo shoots were produced in Japan or China, paving the way for the detection of mislabeled food.

Japan Isotope Analysis Laboratory Inc. claims its technology, which analyzes the mass of oxygen and hydrogen in bamboo shoots, can distinguish where it was produced with an accuracy of more than 90 percent. It can also determine where eel, beef and rush were produced using similar means.

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