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China rejects more US corn because of MIR 162-Xinhua

BEIJING -- China's quality watchdog at the northern city of Tianjin turned away 21,800 metric tons of U.S. corn after detecting an unapproved genetically modified corn strain (GMO), the official Xinhua news agency reported.

BEIJING -- China's quality watchdog at the northern city of Tianjin turned away 21,800 metric tons of U.S. corn after detecting an unapproved genetically modified corn strain (GMO), the official Xinhua news agency reported.

The latest incident put the country's total rejection of corn shipments from the U.S., the world's largest exporter, at 908,800 metric tons since November. The corn was turned away because the shipments contained MIR 162 corn, a GMO strain developed by Syngenta AG which is not approved for import by China's agriculture ministry.

(Reporting by Niu Shuping and David Stanway; Editing by Richard Pullin)

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