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June 20, 2018
Japan, South Korea halting Canadian wheat imports after GMO plants found
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) was notified about a few wheat plants found on an access road in southern Alberta that survived a spraying treatment for weeds.
The CFIA's tests confirmed that the wheat found is genetically modified to be herbicide tolerant. Genetically modified (GMO) wheat is not authorized to be grown commercially in any country.
Following the announcement of the discovery by the Agency last week, Japan and Korea announced that they were suspending imports of Canadian wheat.
Japan and Korea intend to consult with Canadian authorities to verify that this is an isolated case and that the wheat exported by Canada does not contain genetically modified traits.
Industry experts believe the bans should not last more than two or three months, the time required for governments to exchange and analyze relevant information.
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