In a sudden turn of events, three separate incidents of Chinese authorities identifying and destroying illegally imported GM corn from the United States have been reported.
"Are these latest incidents a sign that the Chinese government is beginning to take more seriously the health threats associated with the consumption of genetically modified food? According to the GMWatch.org report's primary informant, who for purposes of anonymity goes by the pseudonym "Mr. Li":
"[T]he new government's decisive move to destroy the illegal GMOs "progressive, encouraging, and satisfying". He regards it as a sign that it is keeping its promise to work for the people and the nation.
Mr Li said: "The deeply pro-GMO old government would not have made such a thing public. It would have secretly returned the shipments, or in most cases it would not even have inspected shipments that could contain GM ingredients."
The Chinese Government has reviewed its safety testing procedures and most likely they will ban all GM grains, and seeds originating from the USA because of their lax and irresponsible safety testing. Recall that about six or seven years ago, a consignment of rice was also seized in Rotterdam and destroyed. Russia has consistently opposed import of any GM food or seed.
China's decision to destroy US shipment of GM corn will bolster the global anti-GMO movement.