CORRECTED-Japan buys 163,605 T food wheat via weekly tender

Fri Jun 7, 2013 3:58am EDT

(Corrects paragraph 2 to show genetically engineered wheat
strain was found in April, not May)
    TOKYO, June 6 (Reuters) - Japan's Ministry of Agriculture
bought 163,605 tonnes of food wheat from the United States,
Canada and Australia in a regular tender that closed on
Thursday, a ministry official said.
    The ministry refrained from buying U.S. western white wheat
for a second week in a row after a strain of genetically
engineered wheat not approved for sale or consumption was found
in the U.S. state of Oregon in April. 
    Japan is the world's sixth-biggest importer of wheat, and
the ministry keeps a tight grip on imports of the second most
important staple after rice.
    Local production accounts for about 10 percent of domestic
wheat demand.
    The ministry buys about 5 million tonnes of foreign wheat
for milling annually.
    
    Details are as follows (in tonnes):
    COUNTRY           TYPE                     QUANTITY
    U.S.            *Hard Red Winter           35,335  
                      (protein minimum 11.5 pct)
                   **Dark Northern Spring      25,805  
                      (protein minimum 14.0 pct)
    Canada         **Western Red Spring        22,900 
                      (protein minimum 12.5 pct)
                    *Western Red Spring        26,100  
                      (protein minimum 12.5 pct)
    Australia     ***Standard White            53,465  
     
    Shipments: * Loading between June 21 and July 20 
               **Arrival by Aug. 31
              ***Loading between July 1 and July 31
   
    Source: Ministry of Agriculture 

 (Reporting by Risa Maeda; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)
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