1 June 2013, 04:56

Japan and South Korea ban US GMO wheat

колос пшеница зерно продовольствие сельское хозяйство хлеб

Japan and South Korea have partially suspended US wheat imports after genetically modified crops that have never been approved were discovered in Oregon, officials and wheat industry representatives said on Friday.

Both Asian countries temporarily suspended imports of soft white US wheat, which is used mainly to make baked goods and noodles, but did not cancel other wheat imports from the United States, industry groups U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) have both stated.

Japan is the largest importer of American wheat, followed by Nigeria, Mexico, South Korea, the Philippines and the European Union.

The authorities in the Philippines have said they are monitoring the situation, while the European Union said it will test U.S. wheat imports and block any shipments found to contain genetically modified organisms (GMO).

Voice of Russia, RIA

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