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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
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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.