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January 21, 2020 | Reuters
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China Issues Biosafety Certificates for Domestic GM Corn, Soybeans

Granting certificates required before GMO products can be sold to farmers

China’s agriculture ministry issued biosafety certificates on Tuesday for domestically grown, genetically modified (GM) corn and soybean traits, moving closer to commercialisation of GM grain production in the world’s top market, reports Reuters.

Granting of the certificates is one of the last steps required before GMO products can be sold to farmers for planting.

Beijing had said it was targeting commercialization of GM corn and soybeans by 2020. It has long allowed the products to be imported to feed to livestock.

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