Updated on 28 May 2015
Proposed changes to China's regulations on genetically modified organisms (GMO) could further delay, plant science industry association CropLife Asia said.
China's Ministry of Agriculture revealed plans to amend its regulations on GMOs last month, which was seen as an attempt to reassure consumers concerned about the contamination of conventional foods with GMOs.
The changes, open for public comment until May 24, include the removal of fixed periods for the submission and review of new GMO crops, which is likely to result in further delays for seed firms, said CropLife Asia.
"We have particular concerns about the amendments to articles 16 and 22 since they are likely to have significant negative impacts on the timeliness, predictability and transparency of the Chinese agricultural biotechnology approvals system," said executive director Siang Hee Tan.
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