All certified genetically modified foods that are sold on the Chinese market are safe, according to the Ministry of Agriculture. China has established a safety supervision system that covers the complete chain of GM products, including research, production and trading, the ministry said. The ministry will cooperate with other departments to improve legislation concerning GM products and their testing technologies to ensure the safety of GM products, the ministry said in a reply to a March proposal by 10 members of China’s top political advisory body on improved safety management of GM foods…Full Article: Aug 2015

Agricultural authorities stated that genetically modified (GM) food approved for marketing is as safe as traditional food, news site reported on Friday [28 August 2015]…Full Article: Aug 2015

Key Point

  • In 2013, genetically modified soybean oil comprised more than 90% of China’s total market consumption.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In December 2014, China approved of Bayer CropScience’s soybean LL55 Liberty Link GM soybean variety for import.
  • In February 2014, Kentucky Fried Chicken in China was accused of using GM soybean in its soy milk products. KFC stated that it sources its soybean powder from northeastern China and not from GM-imports.
  • In March 2013, Beijing residents lobbied local government officials to ban GM soybean oil from schools. At the time, the average price for a 5-liter bottle of GM soybean oil at major Chinese supermarkets ranged from 40-50 yuan (~US$6.38) or roughly one-third less than the price of non-GM soybean oil
  • In 2012, China imported 58 million MTs of GM soybeans from the USA, Brazil, Argentina, and others.
  • In 2010, China approved imports of Bayers’ A2704-12 Liberty Link soybeans (GM herbicide tolerance). In the past, China has approved imports of Bayer produced GM corn, cotton, and rapeseed.

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