Japan to Resume Importing U.S. Wheat

Earlier this month, Japan halted imports of western white and feed wheat from the pacific coast ports after unapproved genetically modified crops were found in an unplanted field in Washington state. Imports from the U.S. Gulf Coast were allowed to continue. Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today reports that Japan announced this week they’ll resume purchases of western white wheat this Thursday. Imports were allowed to resume after Japan established a system to test for GMO grains and keep contaminated supplies from getting into the country. Japan’s ag ministry also announced they’ll resume purchases of U.S. feed wheat too. Japan is the second biggest buyer of wheat in Asia. The U.S. is the largest wheat supplier to Japan, representing roughly 60 percent of Japan’s wheat imports.

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