US wheat exporters expect little disruption in sales after GMO wheat found in WA state

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The U.S. Wheat Associates is hopeful there will be no business lost and only minor trade delays after a Washington state farmer found 22 unapproved genetically modified plants growing in a field [in late July], a USW spokesman said.

USDA officials confirmed that Japan and South Korea have suspended new purchases of U.S. wheat after the discovery, but USW spokesman Steve Mercer said [Aug 4] that U.S. farmers likely won’t lose any sales.

Once the countries are ready to apply a new testing protocol to recently arrived and incoming U.S. wheat, purchases should resume on a normal pace, Mercer said.

South Korea has already received new testing materials from USDA and likely began using them on [Aug. 3]. . . .

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“We hope that there’s not going to be any disruption at all,” Mercer said. . . .

But Japan is taking longer, Mercer said. That’s because the country wants to customize the testing protocols that were sent there by Monsanto and USDA.

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Read full, original post: US wheat exporters hope GMO find won’t hurt sales to Japan, South Korea

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