Chinese lawmakers began to consider a proposed revision to the country’s Food Safety Law on Monday [22 December 2014], including mandatory labeling of all goods containing genetically modified organisms. The draft revision requires GM foods to be labeled according to regulations covering their production and sales processes, but does not specify details of the proposed labeling procedure. The discussions were part of a session, held every two months, of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee. The session will run from Monday to Sunday…Full Article: Chinanews.com Dec 2014

Key Point

  • Chinese lawmakers will also consider tougher penalties for individuals who facilitate the production and sale of illicit foods (e.g. food safety violators).

ChinaAg Comment

  • In mid-December 2014, China lifted the import ban on Syngenta AG’s MIR 162 GM corn variety and granted import approval for (after seven years) Bayer’s LL55 Liberty Link GM soybean variety.

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