ADM sues Syngenta over GM corn

by World Grain Staff
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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, U.S. — Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) is suing Syngenta AG after China rejected its shipments of corn and products made from grain because of fear of genetic modification, according to several news reports.

ADM alleges that Syngenta sold corn seed with traits not approved in all major export markets and didn’t take “reasonable stewardship practices,” to stop the crop from commingling, Bloomberg reported.

“ADM believes Syngenta’s actions were irresponsible and is seeking monetary damages,” Jackie Anderson, an ADM spokesman, said in the e-mailed statement.

ADM is the latest U.S. grain handler to sue Syngenta due to losses related to traits not approved by China. Cargill sued Syngenta in September over claims it illegally marketed its Agrisure Viptera corn seed before getting import approval from China.

“Syngenta believes that the lawsuit is without merit and strongly upholds the right of growers to have access to approved new technologies that can increase both their productivity and their profitability,” Syngenta said today in an e-mailed statement.

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