Japan suspends imports over GM wheat

2013-05-31 07:32
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Washington - Japan has suspended some imports of US wheat after genetically engineered wheat was found on an Oregon farm.

The Agriculture Department announced the discovery on Wednesday. No genetically engineered wheat has been approved for US farming.

Katsuhiro Saka, a counsellor at the Japanese Embassy in Washington, said Japan cancelled orders of western white wheat from the Pacific Northwest and also of some feed-grade wheat.

He said the Japanese people have concerns about the unapproved wheat and the country is waiting for more information from the Agriculture Department.

The strain discovered matched modified wheat that was legally tested by seed giant Monsanto a decade ago but never approved.

The USDA has said the wheat is safe to eat. The department is investigating how it ended up in the field.

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