Chinese government officials yesterday [Wednesday] denied that the government is using its recently announced regulations on labelling genetically modified products as non-tariff barriers to foreign trade. "We have made it clear our only goal is to ensure the security of a new biotechnology at the very beginning of introducing our regulations," said an unnamed official with the Ministry of Agriculture. "Our ministry has taken the move strictly in line with international practice, as a great number of countries, including Japan and some European Union members, have long implemented their own rules on GM foods."