GM Debate Intensifies as Gansu Province Orders Food Vendors to Display GM Food on Separate Shelves

The food and drug authority in Northwest China’s Gansu Province on Thursday told markets to set up special zones for genetically modified (GM) food. The move was designed to guarantee the consumers’ right to know what they are buying…Full Article: The Global Times Dec 2013 Key point By 1 March 2014, Gansu food vendors must

China Reviewing Syngenta’s Application to Sell GM Corn MIR162

China is reviewing a new application to sell genetically modified (GM) corn to the country after previous ones were rejected for the reason of insufficient application material, according to the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) on Friday. In March 2010, Swiss company Syngenta AG submitted an application to sell GM corn MIR162 and carry out environmental

The Port of Shenzhen Rejects U.S. Corn Shipment due to Transgenic Content

China’s quality watchdog said on Friday [29 November 2013] that China has recently rejected 60,000 tons of corn imports from the United States which contains unapproved transgenic content. Local authorities in the southern port city of Shenzhen found MIR162, a type of insect-resistant transgenic corn, among a batch of over 60,000 tons of corn imported

China Clarifies its List of Approved GM Commodities

China has so far granted the import of a list of genetically modified (GM) crops including soybean, corn, oilseed rape, cotton and sugar beet, the People’s Daily reported on Monday, adding that these plants have to gain a safety certificate issued by Chinese authorities. This was in a response to public doubt on whether the

China’s Ministry of Agriculture Mulls National Standard on Transgenic Food after Army General Denounces GMOs

China is mulling over a national standard on using transgenic technology in agriculture in an effort to safeguard food safety, Vice Minister of Agriculture Niu Dun, told the Global Times Tuesday, without giving a specific timeline. The country is working on a standard on transgenic food to rival the current US-led international code, Niu said

China Grew 4 Million Hectares of Genetically Modified Crops in 2012

China, the world’s largest food consumer, led developing countries in growing biotech crops last year, according to a report by an industry organization. The country was the world’s sixth-largest grower of biotech crops in 2012, the same as a year ago, the report by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications, or ISAAA,