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China passes food labeling regulations

(May 18, 2001 CropChoice news) The Chinese government passed regulations requiring labels on transgenic foods.

Liu Dehu, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science told China Online last week:

"In the past, when crops with genetic alterations graduate from the laboratory to the field, they had to be approved by the Ministry of Agriculture. However, when they were transformed into merchandise, there were no such regulations. The new legislation will regulate the biological products with gene alterations - requiring the above-mentioned food labeling, for example - so that the issues related to gene alteration can meet international standards. Some countries often ban the import of certain food products on account of the gene alterations, but some countries will not. Now that we have the proper labels, they can make their own decisions."