China’s Tianjin municipality has returned a batch of corn shipment tainted with a genetically-modified (GM) strain not approved by the country’s agriculture ministry, the local quality watchdog said. The 21,800-ton shipment from the United States was to be used as animal feed but was found to contain the unapproved MIR162, a strain of insect-resistent transgenic corn, said an official with the Binhai branch under Tianjin Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau…Full Article: China Daily Mar 2014

Key points

  • In late November 2013, the port of Shenzhen rejected a 60,000 MT shipment of MIR162 corn from the United States
  • In 2013, China rejected 601,000 MTs of corn due to being GM-contamination

ChinaAg Comment

  • MIR162 is a genetically engineered corn hybrid that has built-in resistance to lepidopteran insects including the corn earworm, fall armyworm, black cutworm, and the western bean cutworm

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