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GMO Concerns Lower Chinese Demand For U.S. Corn

Date Posted: January 2, 2014

This article is reprinted from the USDA's Jan. 2 Grain Transportation Report.

U.S. corn export sales to China have continued to decrease as evidence of genetically modified corn have reportedly been cited in shipments of corn.

China refused over 550,000 tons of U.S. corn in November and December because the shipments contained a genetically modified (GMO) variety (MIR 162).

China has also begun to reject shipments of dried distillers grains, which are used primarily for animal feed.

Current outstanding sales of corn to China are the lowest for the marketing year, and current inspections of corn destined to China are down 29 percent from the previous week; the lowest since the beginning of the new marketing year.

For more information, call Surajudeen (Deen) Olowolayemo, USDA, at 202-694-3050.

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