July 30, 2014    
US Grains Council urges China to lift ban on GMO corn



The US Grains Council urged China to withdraw its restriction on a GMO corn strain, saying the new demand was unworkable, Reuters reports.


Trade sources said China issued the new requirement affecting distiller's dried grains (DDG), a popular livestock feed that is a by-product of corn ethanol manufacturing. China is demanding certification that DDG imports do not contain the MIR 162 GMO strain. However, grain traders said the US government does not issue zero tolerance certification.


"China is asking for something that cannot be done. This certificate that they're asking for does not exist," said Tom Sleight, president and chief executive officer of the US Grains Council.


Sleight said the strain has been approved in the US since 2010 and is approved in all other importing countries but China, including the European Union, which has strict GMO rules.


The Council also would have to "discontinue its role as the agent for US ethanol companies in submitting registration dossiers" to China's Ministry of Agriculture because of the new requirement and China's new regulations on registering US ethanol plants that intend to export DDGs, the council said in a letter to members.