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TITLE:   CHINA REJECTS SHIPMENT OF U.S. GENETICALLY MODIFIED CORN

SOURCE:  L.A. TImes

AUTHOR:  David Pierson

URL:     http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-china-gmo-corn-shipment-rejected-20131202,0,3620490.story#axzz2mLfBijyK

DATE:    04.12.2013

SUMMARY: "China recently rejected a 60,000-ton shipment of American corn because it included unapproved genetically modified grain, the country?s food-quality watchdog said.

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CHINA REJECTS SHIPMENT OF U.S. GENETICALLY MODIFIED CORN

China recently rejected a 60,000-ton shipment of American corn because it included unapproved genetically modified grain, the country?s food-quality watchdog said.

The shipment was halted in the southern port city of Shenzhen, near Hong Kong, after it was discovered to contain MIR162, a special insect-resistant variety of maize developed by Syngenta, a Swiss maker of seeds and pesticides, according to Chinese state media.

MIR162 is not on the Chinese government's short list of approved grains considered genetically modified organisms, or GMO.

Still, Chinese consumers remain wary of GMO crops and some nationalist-leaning pundits have suggested the Western-dominated technology leaves China?s food supply vulnerable.

The U.S. is the world?s largest corn exporter and China is its No. 3 customer. The Asian nation is expected to buy a record 7 million tons of corn in the 2013-14 marketing year.

Experts described the recent rejection of U.S. corn as probably an isolated incident and said China would continue with its buying binge.

"It is a minor hiccup in what will otherwise be a smooth import process. They need our corn, they've got the orders already placed. We don't think this is the start of some long-term major disruption," Rich Nelson, chief strategist at Allendale Inc., an Illinois-based research firm, told Reuters.



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TITLE:   CHINA REJECTS GENETICALLY MODIFIED CORN FROM U.S.

SOURCE:  Wall Street Journal

AUTHOR:  Chuin-Wei Yap

URL:     http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20131203-713053.html

DATE:    04.12.2013

SUMMARY: "China has rejected more than 120,000 metric tons in shipments of U.S. corn after finding an unapproved genetically modified strain, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said. The insect-resistant MIR162 strain was found in five batches by inspectors in Fujian, Shenzhen and Shandong provinces, the agency said in a statement on its website on Wednesday. "

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CHINA REJECTS GENETICALLY MODIFIED CORN FROM U.S.

China has rejected more than 120,000 metric tons in shipments of U.S. corn after finding an unapproved genetically modified strain, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said.

The insect-resistant MIR162 strain was found in five batches by inspectors in Fujian, Shenzhen and Shandong provinces, the agency said in a statement on its website on Wednesday.

The dates of the discoveries weren't disclosed.

Shenzhen regulators rejected a shipment in November for the same reason, it added.

The U.S. was asked to tighten checks ahead of export, the administration said.

China has imported about 1.54 million tons of corn from the U.S. in the first 10 months of this year.