Japan’s resuming commercial wheat shipments from Canada.
A five week suspension began June 15th, after it was confirmed several genetically modified wheat plants were growing along an oil well access road in Southern Alberta.
The Japanese are satisfied no wheat of that kind has entered the grain handling system. Genetically modified wheat is not authorized to be grown commercially in any country.
Cereals Canada President Cam Dahl said despite that, the reputation of Canadian wheat hasn’t wavered.
“I think that that’s something that we have addressed, very much through the good work that was done by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Canadian Grain Commission,” said Dahl. “Their investigation was very thorough, very complete and scientifically sound.”
It’s also not lost on Dahl just how essential a market Japan is for Canadian wheat producers.
“They have announced a tender for Canadian wheat for next week, so that’s all very, very good news and it’s one of our most important markets and most important customers.”
Japan imports between 1.5 and 1.7 million metrics tonnes of Canadian wheat annually.