China Requires Non-Existent Certificate To Import Grain

More than a million tons of distiller’s dried grains has been rejected by China as of last June because of unapproved genetically modified organisms.

According to U.S. Grains Council CEO Tom Sleight, China finally announced what it requires to trade. They want a certificate from the point of origin saying the shipment is clear of the genetically modified trait MIR-162.

Sleight says China is asking for something that can’t be done. He says the certificate does not exist and it can’t be produced because the U.S. government authority does not inspect for biotech traits.

Sleight says China should approve the trait instead, it has been available in the U.S. since 2010 and all importing countries, including the European Union, accept the trait. He calls it an impediment on trade.

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