By JONATHAN STOKOEJACK / Associated PressA Japanese company has made a major leap in tobacco beetle production and is taking steps to curb its spread in Japan.
The new product, dubbed Burley, is a combination of tobacco and burley that are genetically engineered to produce the most resistant form of the tobacco beetle, according to a report from Japan Tobacco Field.
The company says the new tobacco plant can withstand pests, chemicals and diseases.
Japan Tobacco Field, which is based in Tokyo, produces a variety of tobacco products.
They include cigarettes, chewing tobacco, chewing gum and chewing tobacco-laced chewing tobacco products called “snuff” that have been around for more than 50 years.
It is the only tobacco company in Japan that makes snuff tobacco.
Burley is the first tobacco-based product that will be sold as a snuff product in Japan, according the report.
The Burley plant, which has been around in Japan for more and more than half a century, was first patented in 1958 by Japanese tobacco giant and billionaire Nobuo Sakaki, according Japan Tobacco Group.
Sakaki was known as the father of Japanese snuff.