China rejected claims by western environmental groups that its genetically modified rice had entered the European market, saying on Thursday that it has not been approved for commercial production.
The European Commission urged member states this week to intensify controls on genetically modified foods out of fear they might contain an illegal GM product that Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth said came from China.
"We have not approved a single case of the commercial production of GM rice," foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang told a regular press briefing.
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