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China approves GM rice

China, the world’s largest rice producer and consumer, has approved genetically-modified rice as safe, paving the way for large-scale production in 2 to 3 years, Chinese scientists said.

world Updated: Nov 28, 2009 00:35 IST

China, the world’s largest rice producer and consumer, has approved genetically-modified rice as safe, paving the way for large-scale production in 2 to 3 years, Chinese scientists said.

The Ministry of Agriculture’s Biosafety Committee has issued biosafety certificates to Bt rice, a pest-resistant genetically modified (GM) type. The clearance for Bt rice, along with approval for phytase corn, announced last week, mark China’s first two approvals for grains.