China approves Monsanto’s corn for import

July 24, 2017 – China has approved two more genetically modified crops for import, the second such move in the past month to expand access to biotech seeds as part of 100-day trade talks with the US.

Monsanto's Round-Up

The two new crops, approved for three years are St. Louis-based Monsanto’s 87427 glyphosate-resistant corn, sold under the Roundup Ready brand; and Syngenta’s 5307 insect-resistant corn sold under the Agrisure Duracade brand and the Agriculture Ministry said on its website Monday.

The government last month gave the go-ahead to Monsanto’s Vistive Gold soybeans, Dow Chemical Co.’s Enlist corn and four other products owned by Monsanto, Dupont and Dow remain on a waiting list.

The approvals come after China promised to speed up a review of pending import applications as part of the 100-day trade talks with the United States. China is the top export market for US agricultural products.

While the country does not permit planting of genetically modified food crops, it does such products to be imported for use in animal feed.

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