BEIJING, June 13 (Xinhua) — China has approved three varieties of genetically modified (GM) soybeans to be imported as processing materials, the Ministry of Agriculture announced Thursday.
The ministry has issued bio-safety certificates for these three varieties, which include the herbicide-resistant CV127, pest-resistant MON87701 and another variety that can resist both pests and herbicides.
Soybean CV127 has been approved for commercial planting or for use in food in a dozen countries, including the United States, Canada and Japan, according to the ministry.
It said the other two varieties have also been approved for similar purposes in several countries or regions such as the European Union and Mexico.
- Japan cancels tender offer to buy U.S western white wheat
- No GM wheat varieties are approved for general planting in U.S.“Unapproved genetically modified wheat has been discovered growing in the United States.
The revelation is threatening the outlook for U.S. exports of the world’s biggest traded food commodity, with importers keenly aware of consumer sensitivity to gene-altered food.
The European Union is preparing to test incoming shipments, and will block any containing GM wheat. Chicago Board of Trade wheat futures fell 0.5 percent on Thursday.”