GMO corn, grains not approved in China

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China has not approved commercial production of genetically modified corn or any other GMO grain, the Ministry of Agriculture said on Wednesday.

Currently only GMO cotton and papaya are allowed to grow on a commercial scale in China, Pan Xianzheng, ministry spokesman, said at a news conference on the sidelines of the ongoing two sessions. Agricultural authorities in China have been strictly adhering to laws and regulations over evaluations and management of genetically modified products to ensure their safety, he said.

China follows a path of GMO product development that allows the promotion of GMO food products only after the promotion of nonfood GMO products, Pan said. Staple grains would come last for commercial GMO production, he said.

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