China Requires Biotech Labeling

Published online: Jul 27, 2000
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Seed for genetically enhanced crops must be labeled as such beginning Dec. 1 in China.

The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress made the decision. It requires that biotech-developed crops be clearly labeled and carry instructions for safe use of the product.

"The selection, testing, approval and promotion of genetically modified plant varieties should be conducted with careful evaluation and adopt strict safety-control measures," the policy states.

The ruling State Council will finalize details. The law does not include food products made from genetically enhanced crops.