Wheat industry welcomes renewed wheat imports in South Korea
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WASHINGTON, July 10, 2013- U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) welcomed the announcement that South Korea will resume purchasing American wheat.
The Korean decision comes as a result of extensive testing of American wheat, which resulted in no detections of any GM material in commercial supplies.
The country temporarily suspended wheat imports following the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) May 29 announcement of the discovery of an unapproved genetically modified (GM) trait in volunteer wheat plants in one field in Oregon.
Earlier this month, the Korean Ministry of Food & Drug Safety announced that they collected and tested an additional 160 cases of imported wheat and wheat flour originating from the United States and the results showed that no unapproved recombinant wheat has been detected.
“This reaffirms the USDA conclusion that this was a limited, isolated incident and that no GM wheat had entered commercial supplies,” the U.S. wheat groups stated today.
Japan's ban on U.S. white wheat imports remains in effect.
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