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South Korea lifts ban on Canadian wheat

South Korea has resumed imports of Canadian wheat after testing and finding no evidence of genetically modified wheat in commercial shipments.


June 27, 2018
By Top Crop Manager

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South Korea suspended shipments on June 18, 2018, after the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced the discovery of a handful of GM wheat plants in southern Alberta

Japan closed its border on June 15, 2018 and continues to work with the Canadian wheat industry and government to resume trade, according to a statement from the Alberta Wheat Commission. 

Update: Japan resumes Canadian wheat purchases on July 20, 2018.

Over the past decade, there have been other cases involving the discovery of GM wheat in Washington, Oregon and Montana. In previous cases where GM wheat was discovered, Japan and South Korea also temporarily banned shipments. All three incidents took less than two months to resolve. 

South Korea will continue to test shipments of wheat and flour sourced from Canada.

For more on the story, see the original article for Genetically modified wheat found in Alberta.