Japan suspends imports after modified wheat found

Thursday, May 30th, 2013 | Finance News

WASHINGTON (AP) — Japan has suspended some imports of U.S. wheat after genetically engineered wheat was found on an Oregon farm.

The Agriculture Department announced the discovery Wednesday. No genetically engineered wheat has been approved for U.S. farming.

Katsuhiro Saka, a counselor at the Japanese Embassy in Washington, said Japan canceled orders of western white wheat from the Pacific Northwest and also of some feed-grade wheat. He said the Japanese people have concerns about the unapproved wheat and the country is waiting for more information from the Agriculture Department.

The strain discovered matched modified wheat that was legally tested by seed giant Monsanto a decade ago but never approved.

The USDA has said the wheat is safe to eat. The department is investigating how it ended up in the field.

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