China has no timeframe to complete testing on Syngenta’s MIR 162 corn variety. Bloomberg says the 64-member Chinese national committee which provides risk analysis to the Ministry of Agriculture has yet to receive instructions for the next meeting. The group usually meets about three times a year but even if it does meet, it is not known if MIR 162 will even come up.
Last month Syngenta was told it had not submitted enough information to the committee to make a decision. Even if MIR 162 is approved by the committee, the Chinese government could reject it on other issues. Chief scientist on the committee, Peng Yufa told a conference, “China has dietary habits and ecosystems different from the west, so we don’t deem something safe just because foreign countries say it is. We need further understanding on trans-genic technology because it’s still a new thing.”
To date China has rejected 887,000 metric tons of U.S. corn because it contained the unapproved genetically modified variety.