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Japan lifts temporary ban on
OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA -
The Canadian government on July 21
announced that Japan has lifted its temporary suspension of Canadian wheat
Japan and South Korea halted Canadian
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not approved for commercial anywhere in
the world. South Korea lifted its ban on
Canadian wheat in late June.
Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of
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testing has shown that the unauthorized
wheat "is not present in the food or animal feed system, or anywhere other than
the isolated site where it was discovered."
"The government of Canada welcomes the decision by Japan's Ministry
of Agriculture to lift the temporary suspension on imports of Canadian wheat,
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testing of Canadian wheat shipments,"
Testing in March by the Canadian Food
Inspection Agency and the Canadian
Grain Commission revealed the GM
wheat found in Alberta didn't match any
of the 450 wheat varieties sold in Canada.
Testing in April revealed the Alberta
wheat sample matched a Monsanto GM
wheat line (MON71200) used in mulWLSOH FRQ¿QHG UHVHDUFK ¿HOG WULDOV LQ WKH
late 1990s and early 2000s in Canada and
the United States, in both cases more than
300 miles from the 2017 Alberta discovery. Concurrent testing of seed and grain
the herbicide-resistant roadside plants indicated no GMO wheat.
Canadian wheat production in 2017
was 30 million tonnes across an area of 22
million acres, making it one of the largest
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of wheat globally are valued at approximately $6.6 billion annually.
Canada is one of the world's largest
wheat exporters and is South Korea's No.
3 wheat supplier after the United States
Japan imported 1.4 million tonnes of
wheat from Canada last year.
In 2016, Japan and South Korea temporarily suspended U.S. wheat imports after
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