June 15, 2018 / 9:30 AM / 5 months ago

Japan suspends sale of Canadian wheat after GMO wheat found in Alberta

TOKYO, June 15 (Reuters) - Japanese farm ministry said on Friday it has suspended its tender and sale of wheat from Canada after grain containing a genetically modified trait was discovered last summer in Canada’s Alberta province.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said on Thursday the wheat containing a genetically modified trait, developed by Monsanto Co to tolerate the Roundup weed-killer, was discovered in Alberta.

“We are suspending the tender and sale of Canadian wheat until we confirm that the Canadian wheat that Japan buys contains no GMO,” an official at the Japanese farm ministry said.

Canada is one of the world’s largest wheat exporters. While other crops such as corn and soybeans have been widely genetically modified to improve yield or withstand threats, GMO wheat has not been approved anywhere for commercial production because of concerns by consumers.

The wheat, discovered near a rural road after it survived herbicide spraying, has not been approved for commercial use.

Reporting by Yuka Obayashi, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips

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