Japan and South Korea have both taken steps to block certain imports of U.S. wheat after unapproved genetically-modified (GMO) plants from Monsanto Co seeds were found growing in Washington state, a spokeswoman for the . . . (USDA) said on [Aug 1].
Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry said it will suspend purchases of all Western White wheat from the United States for food use, and all purchases of Western White wheat from the U.S. West Coast, but not from the Gulf, for feed use until it can start testing incoming shipments. . . .
Japan has also suspended distribution of all previously purchased U.S. wheat until testing is established. . . .
South Korea has suspended clearance of U.S. wheat for food use, the USDA said. . . .
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Japan expects to lift its new restriction once it has a system in place to test grain for the new GMO trait . . . the USDA said.
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The USDA expects the latest suspensions to end quickly because testing supplies. . . should arrive in Japan and South Korea in the next few days. . .
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