Circular of the General Office of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs on the handling of 8 violations of agricultural GMO safety management
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Agricultural and Rural (Agriculture and Animal Husbandry) Departments (Bureaus and Commissions) of all provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the Central Government, Agricultural and Rural Bureau of Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, and related units:
  In 2020, agricultural and rural departments at all levels will earnestly implement the decisions and deployments of the Party Central Committee and the State Council, perform the safety supervision responsibilities of agricultural genetically modified organisms in accordance with the law, and pay close attention to research and experimentation, southern propagation experiment, import processing, seed production and management supervision, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs Strengthen work supervision. The results show that most units can carry out relevant activities in accordance with laws and regulations, and the safety management of agricultural genetically modified organisms is controllable. At the same time, a small number of units and individuals were found to have violations of laws and regulations. According to the”Regulations on the Safety Management of Agricultural Genetically Modified Organisms” and other laws and regulations, the agricultural and rural departments have taken serious measures against relevant units. The relevant situation is reported as follows.
   1. Regarding the illegal production and processing of genetically modified corn seeds by the Qiufeng Corn Production and Marketing Cooperative in Changtu County, Liaoning Province. The Liaoning Provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Affairs found that the Qiufeng Corn Production and Marketing Cooperative in Changtu County illegally produced and processed genetically modified corn seeds. The Department of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of Liaoning Province has ordered the parties concerned to stop the production and processing of genetically modified corn seeds, and has imposed a fine and confiscation of illegal genetically modified corn seeds.
   2. Regarding the illegal production and processing of genetically modified corn seeds by the Tieling Branch of Jilin Hao Yu Seed Industry Co., Ltd. The Liaoning Provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Affairs found that the Tieling Branch of Jilin Hao Yu Seed Industry Co., Ltd. illegally produced and processed genetically modified corn seeds based on the clues of the report. The Department of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of Liaoning Province has ordered the parties concerned to stop the production and processing of genetically modified corn seeds, and has imposed a fine and confiscation of illegal genetically modified corn seeds.
   3. Regarding Pan Gang’s illegal seed production of genetically modified corn in Changji City, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. The Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region’s Changji Agriculture and Rural Affairs Bureau found out that Pan Gang was breeding illegal genetically modified corn seeds in Changji City. The Changji City Agriculture and Rural Bureau has supervised the parties concerned to destroy all corn seeds and made a penalty decision.
   4. Regarding Zeng Xiaolong’s illegal seed production of genetically modified corn in Changji City, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. The Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region’s Changji Agriculture and Rural Affairs Bureau found that Zeng Xiaolong was breeding illegal genetically modified corn seeds in Changji City based on the clues of the report. The Changji City Agriculture and Rural Bureau has supervised the parties concerned to destroy all corn seeds and made a penalty decision.
   5. Regarding Shandong Yinxing Seed Industry Co., Ltd. illegally carrying out research and experiment on genetically modified cotton. The Agricultural GMO Safety Management Office of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs commissioned a technical testing agency to test and found that Shandong Yinxing Seed Industry Co., Ltd. declared the production and application safety certificate of genetically modified cotton Yinxingmian No. 21, Yinxingmian No. 23, Yinxingmian No. 25, Yinxingmian 26 contains unapproved genes. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs rejected the application for the production and application safety certificate of Yinxingmian No. 21 and other 4 varieties in accordance with the law, and suspended the acceptance of the unit’s application for the 2021 agricultural GMO production and application safety certificate.
   VI. Regarding Nanjing Agricultural University’s illegal research and experimentation of genetically modified cotton. The Agricultural GMO Safety Management Office of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs commissioned a technical testing agency to test and found that the genetically modified cotton Nannong 284 and Nannong 388 that Nanjing Agricultural University declared for production and application safety certificates contained unauthorized genes. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs rejected Nannong 284 and Nannong 388’s applications for production and application safety certificates in accordance with the law, and suspended the acceptance of the unit’s 2021 application for agricultural GMO production and application safety certificates.
   Seven. Regarding the illegally conducting research and experimentation of genetically modified cotton by the Economic Crop Breeding and Cultivation Research Institute of Sichuan Academy of Agricultural Sciences. The Agricultural GMO Safety Management Office of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs commissioned a technical testing agency to test and found that the genetically modified cotton Chuanzamian 65 and Chuancaimian No. 10, which were declared for the production and application safety certificate, contained unapproved genes. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs rejected the application for the production and application safety certificate of Chuanzamian No. 65 and Chuancaimian No. 10 in accordance with the law, and suspended the acceptance of the unit’s application for the 2021 agricultural GMO production and application safety certificate.
   8. Regarding the issue of the illegal development of genetically modified cotton research and experimentation by Luyou Cotton Research Institute of Huimin County, Shandong Province and Luntai Hongtai Seed Industry Co., Ltd. of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. A technical testing agency commissioned by the Agricultural GMO Safety Management Office of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs found that the Luyou Cotton Research Institute of Huimin County, Shandong Province and the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Luntai Hongtai Seed Industry Co., Ltd. declared that the genetically modified cotton Hongtai 1602 had a production and application safety certificate. No gene approved. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs rejected Hongtai 1602’s application for a safety certificate for production and application in accordance with the law, and suspended the acceptance of the unit’s application for a safety certificate for the production and application of agricultural genetically modified organisms in 2021.
   I hope that practitioners will take a warning, attach great importance to the safety management of agricultural genetically modified organisms, implement the main responsibility, strictly abide by the requirements of laws and regulations, strengthen internal control, and carry out agricultural genetically modified research, testing, production, operation, import and export, processing, and Logo and other activities.
   is hereby notified.
   General Office of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs
   February 7, 2021