Japan has temporarily suspended its tender and purchase of wheat from Canada following the discovery of a handful of wheat plants in Alberta containing a genetically modified trait.
Cereals Canada president Cam Dahl is disappointed.
Dahl stresses that there is no commercial production of genetically modified wheat in Canada and hopes the Japanese reaction is short term.
He says the Japanese reaction wasn’t totally unexpected because that market is very sensitive to the issue.
He adds Japan took the same steps when a similar incident occured in the U.S.
The genetically modified trait is found in other grains for human consumption but has not been authorized for wheat.
It does not pose any threat to human health.