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BrownfieldAgNews reports:

China has rejected about 2,000 tons of U.S. dried distillers grains (DDGs) due to the presence of the genetically modified corn (GMO) event known as MIR 162.

And, according to various media reports, more rejections are expected in coming weeks as China steps up its monitoring of DDG imports.

China has rejected more than half a million tons of U.S. corn in recent weeks after its inspectors detected the presence of MIR 162, a GMO variety developed by Syngenta. The event, branded in the U.S. as Viptera, has not been approved for import by China's agriculture ministry.

U.S. officials expressed concern over China's biotech approval last week during a meeting of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, who was part of those discussions, said the Chinese agreed to continue the discussion of ways to streamline the acceptance of U.S. biotech products into China.

According to Reuters, China is the top customer for U.S. DDGs, accounting for about 40 percent of U.S. exports during the 2012/13 marketing season.

DDGs are a by-product of the ethanol production process.

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