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Japan blocks Canadian wheat after finding unauthorized genetically modified plants in Alberta

Japan blocks Canadian wheat after finding unauthorized genetically modified plants in Alberta

Japan's Ministry of Agriculture is suspending the bidding and sale of Canadian wheat because a genetically modified version of the grain was found on an Alberta farm last summer.

A Japanese Ministry of Agriculture official said on Friday it suspended the supply and sale of wheat from Canada after a grain containing a genetically modified trait was discovered last summer in Alberta.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (ACIA) said on Thursday that genetically modified wheat, developed by Monsanto Co. to tolerate the Roundup herbicide, was discovered in the western province of Canada.

"We are suspending the bidding and sale of Canadian wheat until we confirm that the Canadian wheat purchased by Japan does not contain GMOs," the Japanese official said.

Canada is one of the largest wheat exporters in the world. Japan is Canada's second largest wheat market in the world, worth $ 598.6 million in 2016, according to the federal government website.

While other crops, such as corn and soybeans, have been extensively genetically modified to improve yields or resist threats, GM wheat has nowhere been approved for commercial production due to consumer concerns.

Translation by Action for Biodiversity.

Source: CBC


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