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China approves safety certificates for imported genetically modified canola

(Wednesday, April 14, 2004 -- CropChoice news) -- Agribusiness can now export genetically engineered canola from Canada to China. Monsanto Co. completed and sent required safety certificates for RoundUp Ready canola -- designed to resist glyphosate, an herbicide that the St. Louis-based biotechnology corporation makes and markets under the RoundUp trademark -- ahead of the April 20 deadline. The certificates, which supposedly verify that the modified canola is safe for people, animals and the environment, are valid until April 2007.

The agribusiness corporations that buy harvested canola from Canadian farmers deliver 30 percent of their exports to China. A two-year interim agreement has kept canola deliveries flowing, but failure to complete the safety certificates jeopardized the trade.

Two years ago, China began requiring that imported genetically engineered grains have the safety certificates. Monsanto earlier this year received approval from China for five commercial soybean, corn and cotton products. See that related story at http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=2399

Source: Canadian Press via Yahoo... http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/cpress/20040414/ca_pr_on_bu/china_canola_1

Also see related story at http://www.seedquest.com/News/releases/2004/april/8347.htm