China’s National People’s Congress, or parliament, is proposing legislation on the management of genetically modified (GMO) food, the official Xinhua news agency said in a report seen on Monday. The legislation will cover the import and export of GMO food and production, development and research of GMO grains.
China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection is preparing a law on overall GMO safety, while parliament’s agriculture and rural affairs committee is proposing a law specifically about GMO food, Xinhua said, without saying when it might become law.
China is the largest producer of GMO cotton, but it has been much more cautious about accepting GMO food than some other producers, such as the United States.
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