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China quarantines Argentine corn because of unapproved genetically modified strains

Monday, December 17th 2012 - 06:20 UTC
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Chinese authorities quarantined two containers holding corn from Argentina, after detecting genetically modified strains that had not been approved beforehand, alleged the Chinese buyer. Read full article


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  • ElaineB

    Um, not good news for the Argentine government wanting to export to China. Or anywhere.

    Dec 17th, 2012 - 10:33 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Britworker

    Yes, about 12 months ago all you could hear from the Argies was how China was going to be their great saviour. Doesn't sound anymore like it's panning out that way. Like most Argentine plans!

    Dec 17th, 2012 - 10:56 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Teaboy2

    Genetically modified strain, well we also knew their was something different about Argentinian's, now we know what caused it lol :-)

    Dec 17th, 2012 - 12:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    Don't worry they will make a complaint to the UN if China don't buy it.

    Dec 17th, 2012 - 02:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    Nah, they'll take it to the International Tribunal of the Seed!

    Dec 17th, 2012 - 02:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR


    Very, very, funny! ;o)

    Still it shows that either AG did not know or (more likely) LIED about it.

    Can't change the colour of their spots for anything these argies, must be the corn they are eating.

    Dec 17th, 2012 - 03:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Drifter

    Hey, we are not all that bad.... Still, do I see here an opportunity for NON GMO producers in Agrentina to step up?

    Dec 17th, 2012 - 04:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GFace

    Zounds, what gives? Not enough melamine? I find this darkly ironic.

    Dec 17th, 2012 - 05:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pirat-Hunter

    This is great news for Bio fuel producers in Argentina, Bio fuels don't scrutinize the corn it needs and the extra corn will bring the prices down to a country stricken by droughts this year. Something like this happened with soy last year also with China and Argentina ended up boosting Bio fuel production a few month later with EU filing a complain and blocking cheap bio-fuels made in Argentina, I think India or Pakistan bought the rest of the surplus soy at a updated pride, with the price of corn going up I am sure a new price will be welcome back in Argentina if a new contract is written. If not it will be a great year for the bio-fuel industry in Argentina.

    Dec 17th, 2012 - 06:21 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Shed-time

    Considering most argentinians were genetically modified by german scientists in 1930s, before being shipped out too the new world in U-boats, it's not unsurprising that they too would want to eat genetically modified food.

    Dec 17th, 2012 - 06:21 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Optimus_Princeps

    I did suspect that the high cancer rate in Argentina was caused by something. Perhaps this GM stuff might have something to do with it. That's why it's good to buy local from someone you trust.

    Of course, Pirat-Shunter wouldn't know about that because his head's in the clouds in a far away land.

    Dec 17th, 2012 - 07:11 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ProRG_American

    Just one oversight by Chinese officials. It was known months ago that this involved a different strain than previously purchased.
    This will be ironed out. Both sides are eager to do business.
    Move on.

    Dec 17th, 2012 - 07:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    Ouch they are awful,
    But cha still like em, don’t cha.

    Dec 17th, 2012 - 08:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    #9 you are correct mr Canadian. Maybe the corn will solve argentina's energy problems. Corn is dying as a bio fuel. The world is going to cleaner grains like sorghum. USA has mandated it and other countries are following

    Of course they will fix it ProRG_SAmerican

    Dec 17th, 2012 - 09:54 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Teaboy2

    @12 - oh and i suppose you just expect us to believe you just because you say its so! - Wheres your evidence to back up your claim? Reread the article “genetically modified strains that had not been approved beforehand” - Not being approved means, they did not know about this specific strain and therefore had not approved it and were not expecting it!

    Dec 18th, 2012 - 12:13 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    “Both sides are eager to do business.”
    And for China to take over Argentina as a colony

    Dec 18th, 2012 - 03:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Condorito

    It is not something that has happened before, but I partially agree with ProRG on this. It looks like they got their wires crossed on the variety they were importing. China will certainly be wanting to import grain from Argentina.

    Dec 18th, 2012 - 04:41 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ProRG_American

    More nonsense from MercoClarinPress. Articles in Argentine Financial news journals announces that Argentina is now exporting corn to China. Trying to deceive the public about the facts again. “MercoClarinPress Miente”.

    Dec 19th, 2012 - 01:07 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    Argentina tried slipping the Chinese the willy to see if they wold notice and got caught.

    Dec 19th, 2012 - 12:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    #14,18 Yes, this looks like a minor hiccup at most. And even at worst, not much compared to all the good news =)

    Dec 24th, 2012 - 06:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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