China to punish sale of GM crops following illegal trade expose

Chinese authorities have vowed zero tolerance and harsh punishment against those growing and selling GM crops.

hidden July 31, 2014 10:29:22 IST
China to punish sale of GM crops following illegal trade expose

Beijing: In a move to prevent illegal sales and growing of genetically modified (GM) crops, which are prohibited in the country, Chinese authorities have vowed zero tolerance and harsh punishment against offenders.

China to punish sale of GM crops following illegal trade expose

China has vowed to punish those selling GM crops. Reuters

The step came following a media expose of GM rice being available on sale at a supermarket in central China.

"The ministry will punish any companies or individuals that ignore regulations to grow or sell GM grains," Global Times quoted the agriculture ministry as saying in a statement. "There will be no tolerance for those violating practices."

In a report, China Central Television (CCTV) showed how GM rice, prohibited for commercial purpose in the country, was available for sale in the supermarket in Hubei province.

The channel commissioned tests on five packs of rice picked at random from the supermarket's shelves. Three of them were found to be containing a GM variety.

It was found that GM rice was being sold in Hunan, Anhui and Fujian provinces.

IANS

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