GM corn seeds were planted on hundreds of acres of land in northwest China
Commercial planting of GM crops in China, other than cotton and papaya, is banned.
Producer admits illicit sale of genetically modified corn seeds
By Zhou Tailai, Li Rongde and Huang Yanhao
Caixin Global, 11 Jul 2018
A Shenzhen-listed company has admitted illicitly selling genetically modified (GM) corn seeds that were subsequently planted on hundreds of acres of land in northwest China earlier this year — the latest GM crop scandal to hit the world’s most-populous country.
Shandong Denghai Seeds Co., Ltd said on Tuesday that its subsidiary in Yili prefecture in the Xinjiang autonomous region sold GM seeds to a local corn farmer who planted them over more than 420 acres of farmland in Gongliu county in Yili.
The admission, made in a filing to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, followed the company’s disclosure on July 5 that three of its employees, including a deputy general manager, were taken into custody by police in May over allegations they were involved in illegal business operations linked to the sale of GM corn seeds.
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