Business & Policy
Japan resumes Canadian wheat purchases
July 20, 2018 - Japan resumes purchases of Canadian wheat after testing showed no evidence of genetically modification in imported wheat.
July 24, 2018 By Top Crop Manager
Japan closed its borders on June 15, 2018 after the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced the discovery of a handful of GM wheat plants in southern Alberta. Japan is the world’s sixth largest wheat importer and keeps a tight grip on imports of the country’s second most-important staple after rice, according to the Reuters release.
Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture said it was seeking to buy 62,957 of wheat from Canada since re-opening its borders.
The news follows weeks after South Korea lifted its ban on Canadian wheat, also in response to the discovery of GM wheat in Alberta.