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China to launch inspection of GMO labels on cooking oils

BEIJING, July 4 (Reuters) -

* China will launch a month-long inspection of labelling on cooking oils on Dec. 21, said a notice posted on Wednesday on the website of the State Administration for Market Regulation

* Inspectors will check production records against labels, punishing producers if the labelling is not accurate or fraudulent, it added

* The notice comes after local media reports about companies in southeastern Fujian province falsely labelling GMO soy oil as a non-GMO product

* Manufacturers are required by law to label any oils containing GMOs. Any oils that are non-GMO should not be labelled as such, added the notice

* China does not permit the planting of any GMO food crops but it does allow the import of GMO soybeans, which are crushed into meal for animals and oil sold for consumer use

* Chinese consumer backlash against GMO crops is beginning to dent demand for soy oil (Reporting by Dominique Patton; Editing by Sunil Nair)

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