China to approve Syngenta's GMO corn trait

Controversial GMO trait gets import approval after a year-long ban.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday at a U.S.-China trade forum in Chicago that Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang has confirmed the country recently approved imports of Syngenta’s GMO Agrisure Viptera corn trait, also known as MIR 162, as well as two varieties of GMO soybeans, Reuters reported.

Detection of the GMO corn trait in November 2013 resulted in China banning DDGS shipments, but also spurred numerous lawsuits against Syngenta after the company continued to market the controversial product.

According to Reuters, Vilsack also said DuPont Pioneer and Bayer CropScience GMO soybean traits have been approved, but he didn't know the exact names of the soybean varieties.

Vilsack’s office told Feedstuffs that the U.S. hadn’t received official notification of the approval from China, but confirmed that a top official did say the approvals will happen. 

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