Friday, July 20, 2018

Japan re-opens market to Canadian wheat

Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay says “the Government of Canada welcomes the decision by Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture to lift the temporary suspension on imports of Canadian wheat, following its own thorough scientific testing of Canadian wheat shipments. 

“The decision by Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture and the already-announced decision by South Korea on June 26, 2018 to resume shipments reaffirms the excellent quality and consistency of Canadian wheat.” 

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada issued a news release saying “this marks an end to all international trade actions arising from Canada’s announcement of an isolated discovery of unauthorized genetically modified wheat in southern Alberta on June 14, 2018.”

The source of the wheat is under investigation, but officials have made no announcement about their findings about the origin of the Roundup-Ready wheat growing in a roadside ditch.