China rejects 545,000 tons of corn from US

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Associated Press

Posted on December 19, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 20 at 6:02 AM

BEIJING (AP) — China has rejected 545,000 tons of imported U.S. corn that it says contained an unapproved genetically modified strain.

The country's product quality agency said Friday that the strain, called MIR162, was found in 12 batches of corn that will be returned to the United States. In a statement, the agency called on U.S. authorities to strengthen controls to ensure that unapproved types of corn are not sent to China.

The Chinese government is promoting genetically modified crops as a way to increase food production. But some researchers and other critics have questioned their safety, especially those imported from the United States.

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