China approves import of 5 GMO crops for animal feed, first since 2017

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China has approved the import of five genetically modified crops, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said in a statement on [January 8], amid growing pressure from the United States to open up its market to more farm goods.

The crops are RF3 canola, originally developed by Bayer and now owned by BASF, Monsanto’s glyphosate-tolerant MON 88302 canola, DuPont Pioneer DP4114 corn, Syngenta’s SYHT0H2 soybean and Dow AgroSciences’ DAS-44406-6 soybean.

China is the world’s top importer of soybeans and a major buyer of other grains but it has not approved any GMO products for import since July 2017, when it cleared two products following high-level talks with Washington. It also approved two products in June 2017.

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The new approvals came after Chinese officials met their U.S. counterparts in Beijing on [January 7] for the first face-to-face talks since U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed in December to a 90-day truce in a trade war that has roiled global markets.

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