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Producer Admits Illicit Sale of Genetically Modified Corn Seeds

Corn grown from genetically modified seeds provided by Shandong Denghai Seeds Co. Ltd. are seen on June 21. Photo: Zhou Tailai/Caixin
Corn grown from genetically modified seeds provided by Shandong Denghai Seeds Co. Ltd. are seen on June 21. Photo: Zhou Tailai/Caixin

A Shenzhen-listed company has admitted illicitly selling genetically modified (GM) corn seeds that were subsequently planted on hundreds of acres of land in northwest China earlier this year — the latest GM crop scandal to hit the world’s most-populous country.

Shandong Denghai Seeds Co., Ltd said on Tuesday that its subsidiary in Yili prefecture in the Xinjiang autonomous region sold GM seeds to a local corn farmer who planted them over more than 420 acres of farmland in Gongliu county in Yili.

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