Cereals Canada welcomes the resumption of wheat and flour trade with Japan.  Japan had temporarily suspended trade following the finding of a handful of GM wheat plants on an access road in southern Alberta.

Cereals Canada extends appreciation to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) for the technical and investigative work that has allowed for this issue to be resolved.

“Japan is a long-standing, premium customer of Canadian wheat and is the highest grade buyer of Canadian wheat in the world,” noted Cam Dahl, President of Cereals Canada.  “We appreciate that loyalty and highly value the collaborative nature of our trading partnership.  Cereals Canada is grateful for the effort that the Government of Japan has put into resolving this issue as quickly as possible, work that included travel to Canada by officials of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries”.

“Cereals Canada wishes to recognize the united way in which the Canadian value chain has approached finding a resolution to the concerns that had caused Japan to temporarily close its borders to Canadian wheat.  Almost all organizations and companies have come together to present unified single Canadian industry message.  As a united industry we are able to work with the government and our customers to help maintain our reputation as a reliable supplier,” concluded Dahl.

Japan has not found any GM wheat in their system, but will continue to test shipments of wheat sourced from Canada.

Source: Cereals Canada