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August 9, 2018
Wheat exports from Canada to Japan and South Korea can resume
Japan and Korea announced in mid-June that they were suspending imports of Canadian wheat following the discovery in southern Alberta of a few wheat plants that were found to be genetically modified to be herbicide tolerant. Genetically modified wheat is not authorized to be grown commercially in any country.
Based on extensive scientific testing, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency concluded that this unauthorized wheat is not present in the food or animal feed system, or anywhere other than the isolated site where it was discovered. Canadian officials worked quickly and collaboratively with Japanese and Korean authorities to provide the necessary information.
Following its analysis of the situation Japan's Ministry of Agriculture announced on July 20 that it had lifted the temporary suspension of trade in Canadian wheat.
The decision by the Japanese ministry and a similar decision by South Korea on June 26 will allow a resumption of wheat shipments to the two countries.
This marks an end to all international trade actions arising from Canada's announcement of the isolated discovery of unauthorized genetically modified wheat.
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