UPDATED: Japan suspends sale of Canadian wheat after GMO wheat found in Alberta

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said on Thursday the wheat containing a genetically modified trait, developed by Monsanto Co to tolerate the Roundup weed-killer, was discovered in Alberta.

“We are suspending the tender and sale of Canadian wheat until we confirm that the Canadian wheat that Japan buys contains no GMO,” an official at the Japanese farm ministry said.

Canada is one of the world’s largest wheat exporters. While other crops such as corn and soybeans have been widely genetically modified to improve yield or withstand threats, GMO wheat has not been approved anywhere for commercial production because of consumers’ concerns.

The wheat, discovered near a rural road after it survived herbicide spraying, has not been approved for commercial use.

Officials with Japan’s ministry of agriculture, forestry and fisheries are scheduled to visit Canada next week to seek more information, said Cam Dahl, president of industry group Cereals Canada, whose members include Cargill Ltd and Richardson International.

He said he is concerned that South Korea and China may be next to suspend Canadian wheat imports.

In 2016, Japan and South Korea temporarily suspended U.S. wheat imports after a similar GMO wheat finding.

Losing Japanese buyers, who pay a premium for high-quality, high-protein wheat, hurts Canada and creates opportunities for U.S. and Australian
wheat exporters, Dahl said.

Japan’s move also leaves an undetermined volume of Canadian wheat already loaded on vessels needing to find a new market, possibly at bargain rates to Indonesia or Bangladesh, Dahl said.

Comments

  • Monkeeworks

    There has to be something fishy here. They found 7, yes 7, stalks of wheat in a ditch that were found to contain GMO modifications in the hundreds of thousands of acres of planted wheat in Southern Alberta. They were successfully rounded up and euthanized. We are once again GMO safe. Those 7 stalks of wheat survived ditch spraying (so they must have been using round-up to spray the ditches). Do we actually have GMO police searching ditches sprayed with round-up looking for escapees?
    Does spraying ditches with round up raise any eye brows? Is it now safe to use round up when 20 years ago we had environmentalists crying it to be the worst product since nuclear power plants?
    We have been eating GMO, round up resistance products for over 20 years, wheat just has not been included due to export requirements. Canola, soybean are a couple that are GMO modified as round up resistant.

  • Monkeeworks

    We all know where this GMO wheat came from. Corn Lund admits to it in his album called Hair in Your Eyes Like a Highland Steer. Listen carefully to the song “Truck Got Stuck” and it tell us how GMO grain got into our system. Go buy the album and listen to that song. No matter what, you won’t be sorry.

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