Agricultural experts and the public are calling on authorities to enhance information disclosure about genetically modified food as the expiration date of biosafety certificates for two strains of GM rice approaches, China Daily reported Monday. Questions over the safety of GM food have grown in China since the Ministry of Agriculture issued biosafety certificates for two strains of pest-resistant GM rice in 2009, the paper noted. The strains still need registration and production trials, which will take three to five years, before commercial planting can begin. The certificates will expire on Aug 17, 2014, according to Huazhong Agricultural University, the developer of the two strains.
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