BEIJING, Dec. 27 (Xinhua) -- China has rejected two batches of U.S. dried distillers' grains with solubles (DDGs), a corn by-product, found to be tainted with a genetically-modified (GM) strain not approved by the country's agriculture ministry, its top quality supervisor said Friday.
On Dec. 23 in Shanghai, DDGs shipments totaling 758 tonnes were found to contain unapproved MIR162, a strain of insect-resistant transgenic corn, Chen Xitong, spokesman of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, said at a monthly press conference.
This came after the administration last week turned away 545,000 tonnes of corn shipments from the United States, also due to the presence of MIR162.
Chen said local entry-exit inspection and quarantine bureaus in Shanghai have returned the batches and the administration has notified the U.S. authority about the incident.
The administration urged the U.S. authority to improve its inspection procedures to ensure that they comply with Chinese quality standards, Chen said.