July 20, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Global Affairs
The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and the
Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification, issued the
following statement today 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 June 26, 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 unauthorized genetically modified wheat in southern
Alberta on June 14, 2018.
Based on extensive scientific testing at that time, the Government of Canada concluded
that this unauthorized 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 tonnes 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 $6.6 billion annually."