You can bet it won’t stop with Japan, do you think Europe won’t follow suit, China, Africa, etc., etc., etc.…?
The Japanese government has placed a temporary ban on Western White wheat imports after unauthorized genetically modified wheat was found growing in the US.
The ban comes after a non-approved strain of genetically modified (GM) wheat was found growing in a farmer's field in the state of Oregon, US. Katy Coba, director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture, said the discovery was "a very serious development that could have major trade ramifications."
Speaking to BakeryandSnacks.com this morning, Toru Hisazome, deputy director of Grain Trade and Operations Division at Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, confirmed the block on wheat imports but said the move was only “temporary”.
“We have stopped imports on Western White wheat for the moment because it is mainly grown in the state of Oregon, so we’re not sure about the current situation,” Hisazome said.
“We have asked the US government to give us more information because of the current investigation it is doing on GMO wheat found in the state,” he said.
How long the seizure on imports will continue for remains unknown, he said, as Japan awaits more details from the US government.
“We don’t know much about the current situation in the US,” he said.
Monsanto in the firing line…
The detected GMO wheat has been linked to Monsanto’s GMO test trials conducted in the US between 1994 and 2005. The firm ran tests on altered seeds using the ‘Roundup Ready gene’ in more than a dozen states, including Oregon but the strain was never approved for commercial use.