China says no commercial production of genetically modified staple food allowed.

March 11, 2014 0 Comments

PTI Mar 7, 2014, 11.54AM IST

BEIJING: China has not approved commercial production of any genetically modified (GM) staple food, Chinese Minister of Agriculture Han Changfu has said.

“We have been cautious over GM food because we want to make sure that it is safe,” he said at a press conference yesterday on the sidelines of the annual session of the National People’s Congress, the country’s top legislature.

“The government has never allowed any other GM agricultural products to be planted except cotton and papaya,” Han said.

China granted bio-safety certificates in 2009 to two pest-resistant GM rice varieties and one type of corn, the first country to allow field trials of GM staple foods.