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19 June, 2018 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 18 June, 2018 10:13:34 PM
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BIOENGINEERED PLANTS

Japan, SKorea ban Canadian wheat imports

AFP

The world's sixth largest wheat producer sought to reassure trading partners yesterday that genetically modified wheat plants discovered on an Alberta farm were few and posed no food safety risks, after Japan and South Korea halted Canadian wheat imports, reports AFP from Ottawa.

Wheat sales contribute about Can$11 billion (US$8 billion) to the Canadian economy each year.

The temporary import bans were another blow to Canadian farmers who faced costly delays in getting grains to markets this year due to a disruption in rail shipping to ports blamed on winter storms.

"South Korea and Japan have initiated a temporary suspension of trade in wheat while they undertake a review of the comprehensive investigation and testing already completed by Canadian officials," trade department spokesman Jesse Wilson told the news agency.

"That testing concluded that this wheat is not in the food supply, it has never been approved or used in trade and that the wheat was isolated to a few plants along an access road," he said in an email.

 

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