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China most strict on genetically modified organisms

(Guangming Daily)

15:01, August 24, 2011

Edited and Translated by Ye Xin, People's Daily Online

In terms of the safety issue of genetically modified food, China is one of the countries with the strictest management of genetic modified organisms, known as GMO, in the world, said Kou Jianping, an official from China's Ministry of Agriculture on Aug. 23.

Kou added that taking the identification of the GMO products as an example, China adopted mandatory "zero threshold" identification. It must be marked as long as the product contains genetically modified ingredients. The threshold value of identification in European Union is 0.9 percent, and it is 5 percent in Japan, while the United States adopts principle of voluntary marking.

The safety of China's genetically modified food has full policy support from the government. A total of 81 transgenic standards have been issued by National Technical Committee on Safety Management of Agriculture Transgenic Organisms Standardization Administration, Kou said.


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