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Ministry halts operation of GMO agency following accusations from ex-employee
   2016-09-22 21:00:06    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Zhang Peng

The Certificate of Graduation for Wei Jingliang, who once worked for the "Genetically Modified Animals and Feeds Safety Supervision and Inspection Center". [Photo: Agencies]

China's Agriculture Ministry has suspended operation of one of the country's leading agencies for GMO research.

The suspension comes just days after a former employee at the agency under the ministry said his superiors had him falsify reports.

Wei Jingliang who once worked for the "Genetically Modified Animals and Feeds Safety Supervision and Inspection Center" uploaded his accusations onto a Chinese social-media platform over the weekend.

He said his superiors placed him in charge of their lab archives in May 2015, just two months before an inspection by a team of central-government ministries.

He said the academy ignored his finding that records were doctored or poorly kept.

Wei said he tried to resign, but his superiors turned down the offer and made him come up with doctored documentation, a month ahead of the inspection. He said the altered documents helped the unit pass the audit.

In a statement issued on Thursday, the Agriculture Ministry blames the center for loopholes in archive management and employment.

The Ministry also required the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, which oversees the center, to punish anyone found responsible.

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