19 October 2023, Beijing: The import of a GM herbicide-tolerant canola product into China has been authorized, according to the country’s agriculture ministry, for a five-year term.
The product is a BASF herbicide-tolerant canola with the event name MS11, the ministry stated in a notification posted on its website.
The crop can now be imported for processing in China starting on September 28.
China permits the import of GM crops used as animal feed, but trading partners claim that the decision-making process is frequently influenced by politics and not always by science.
Despite President Xi Jinping’s growing backing for the adoption of the technology, which he has argued is essential for enhancing food security, Beijing retains a cautious attitude toward GM technology.
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