Recently, the Harbin Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau intercepted 21 boxes of corn seed mailed from the United States, a total of 115 kg. It was found out that the seeds were genetically modified, which was the first interception of similar genetically modified seeds in Heilongjiang Province by the inspection and quarantine system.
Since the United States is an infected areas of corn bacterial wilt, China bans the imports of U.S. corn seed. The corn seeds were mail to two seed companies in Heilongjiang Province. According to te relevant regulations, the import of the genetically modified seeds shall be subject to approval from the relevant departments. However, the batch of corn seeds caught did not come with relevant safety certificates and approval documents.
According to the relevant person in charge of the inspection and quarantine, without the risk assessment and approval, the introduction of genetically modified seeds may increase the possibility of incoming of pests and bring significant threat to the agricultural production in the Heilongjiang Province.