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Canadian Government comments on wheat resumption to Japan

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The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification, issued the following statement on 20 July on the announcement by Japan's agricultural ministry that it had lifted the temporary suspension of trade in Canadian wheat:

"The Government of Canada welcomes the decision by Japan's Ministry of Agriculture to lift the temporary suspension on imports of Canadian wheat, following its own thorough scientific testing of Canadian wheat shipments.

The decision by Japan's Ministry of Agriculture and the already-announced decision by South Korea on 26 June 2018 to resume shipments reaffirms the excellent quality and consistency of Canadian wheat.

This marks an end to all international trade actions arising from Canada's announcement of an isolated discovery of unauthorised genetically modified wheat in southern Alberta on 14 June 2018.

Based on extensive scientific testing at that time, the Government of Canada concluded that this unauthorised wheat is not present in the food or animal feed system, or anywhere other than the isolated site where it was discovered. Officials worked quickly and collaboratively with Japanese authorities to provide the necessary information to secure this positive outcome.

Canada is a safe and reliable global supplier of wheat. Canadian wheat production in 2017 was 30 million t across an area of 22 million acres, making it one of the largest field crops in Canada. Canadian exports of wheat globally are valued at approximately CAN$6.6 billion annually."

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