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Marco Rubio calls on Feds to Closely Inspect Potential Chinese Investment in U.S. Food Supply

Apr 6, 2016 | News

Marco Rubio is calling on President Barack Obama to ensure that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have the opportunity to weigh in on China’s biggest-ever overseas acquisition. State-owned China National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina) plans to spend $43 billion on Syngenta, a Switzerland-based seed giant company with a significant presence in the U.S.
The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) is examining the proposed acquisition. In a letter to the president, Rubio asked that the secretaries of each agency be appointed to the CFIUS so they can offer their expertise. He expressed his concern over how Beijing would treat U.S. farm products if the acquisition is approved.
“Syngenta, a Switzerland-based company specializing in crop protection and seeds, has a significant presence in the United States,” Rubio writes. “ChemChina’s acquisition of Syngenta has raised valid questions as to how Beijing, if approved, will then treat U.S. farm products. Our nation grows in population, and with it, an increased need for food security. The concerns raised by many, through the lens of trade, biosecurity, food safety and our farming sector, must be properly addressed prior to approving the proposed acquisition.”


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