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FOOD SAFETY

Huazhong Agri University’s Huahui No. 1 rice passes US FDA inspections
Wednesday, 31 January, 2018, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Wuhan
Huahui No. 1, a type of genetically-modified rice bred by Huazhong Agricultural University in Wuhan, capital of central China’s Hubei province, has passed inspections by the United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA), a crucial step for it to be sold in the country.

The US FDA said in a notice that human and animal food containing the Huahui No. 1 rice grain is not materially different in composition, safety and other relevant parameters from other products currently on the market.

Huahui No. 1 was developed by the university in 1998. It was genetically engineered to resist insect pests such as larvae, which has greatly reduced the use of pesticides.

The rice variety was awarded a biosafety certificate by China’s ministry of agriculture in 2009 after 10 years of safety evaluation.

Huazhong Agricultural University has since been seeking overseas safety evaluations, so the rice can be exported. It said it had also consulted with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and passed its safety inspections.

“With the approvals from the FDA and EPA, Huahui No. 1 and its derived food products are able to be sold to American consumers,” the university said.

(Source: Xinhua)
 
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