China GMO trade war: Distillers corn grain caught in crossfire, rejected

China has turned away about 2,000 tons of U.S. dried distillers grain (DDG), a corn by-product, and more rejections are expected in coming weeks as Beijing imposes strict checks over an unapproved genetically modified strain. The move follows the rejection of more than half a million tons of U.S. corn after authorities detected the presence of MIR 162, a GMO variety developed by Syngenta AG and not approved for import by China’s agriculture ministry.

Officials say more rejections are likely after China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (CIQ) this week issued a notice to local authorities asking them to step up checks for MIR 162 in DDG cargoes.

“Before, authorities were just checking on selective shipments, but now all shipments will have to be tested and a large volume may be turned away,” says a trader with a major state-owned trading house.

Strict testing for MIR 162 comes as Beijing seeks to curb cheap corn imports and support domestic prices for the grain, industry sources have said.

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