China has seized more than 80 tonnes of smuggled seeds and seedlings during an eight-month campaign that began in March, the inspection and quarantine authority said Tuesday. Inspection and quarantine agencies nationwide have intercepted more than 22,000 batches of seeds and seedlings that were being smuggled into China by people or mail…Full Article: Xinhua Dec 2015
- According to China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (GAQSIQ), more than 64% of the smuggled seeds and seedlings were “invasive” and not widely grown in China.
- In September soybean farmers near in the city of Suihua, west-central Heilongjiang province, were reportedly illegally cultivating GM soybeans.
- In December 2013, farmers in Hunan Province planted smuggled GM corn seed that was procured from a seed company in Guangdong Province. The seed company admitted smuggling more than 50 MTs of Monsanto (US) and Syngenta (Swiss) GM corn seed during the past decade via tourist couriers and import bribes.