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US Asks Japan to Consider Resuming Wheat Imports

US Asks Japan to Consider Resuming Wheat Imports

04 July 2013

JAPAN - Japanese farm minister Yoshimasa Hayashi has reported to have received a letter from the US Secretary of Agriculture asking Japan to consider resuming wheat imports which were suspended after discovery of a genetically modified wheat plants on an Oregon farm.

According to The Japan Times, the letter from US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said the discovery of genetically modified wheat was a singular case that occurred only at one farm and no such wheat has been found to have entered the market.

“If the US government releases the results of detailed investigations and establishes inspection methods, we would like to send our staff to (the US) and consider the timing” to resume imports, Hayashi said.

Japan, a major importer of US wheat, suspended imports of western white wheat in late May after the modified grain was found.

Of the some 5 million tons of wheat Japan imports every year, about 3 million tons come from the United States, and approximately 800,000 tons of it is western white wheat, according to the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry.

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