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Japan Starts Buying Wheat Again

Japan Starts Buying Wheat Again
No more GMO wheat found in Pacific Northwest; agencies conclude discovery of volunteer plants was a limited, isolated incidence.

Japan has resumed tendering for new pruchases of U.S. western white and soft white wheat.

 Japan's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries had suspended new purchases of western wheat in May after volunteer GMO wheat plants were discovered  one field in Oregon.

The announcement from Japan comes as a result of a review by MAFF of the ongoing APHIS investigation, as well as a sustained effort by the wheat industry, USW says.

Exports of Pacific Northwest wheat may resume soon. Japan has decided to begin tendering for new purchases.

USDA and many others to provide the information MAFF needed to buy U.S. Western White and soft white wheat again. USDA and MAFF have now tested hundreds of samples of U.S. wheat and found no evidence of any GM material in commercial supplies, which reaffirms the USDA conclusion that this was a limited, isolated incident.

Wheat farmers and their representatives at USW, NAWG and other organizations strongly value the positive relationships we have with our customers at home and around the world. For our organizations and those wheat farmers, the grower leaders of USW and NAWG express our appreciation to MAFF and all our customers for their reasoned response to this situation and for their continued steadfast support.

USW is the industry's market development organization working in more than 100 countries. Its mission is to "develop, maintain, and expand international markets to enhance the profitability of U.S. wheat producers." The activities of USW are made possible by producer checkoff dollars managed by 19 state wheat commissions and through cost-share funding provided by USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service.

For more information, visit www.uswheat.org or contact your state wheat commission.

Source: USW and NAWG

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