Japan Lifts Ban on U.S. Wheat Imports
Japan has reportedly announced that it will resume purchasing U.S. white
wheat, ending a two-month suspension that was implemented after
genetically engineered crops were found on an Oregon farm in April 2013.
According to a news source, Japan imports nearly five million tons of wheat
per year—60 percent of which comes from the United States—but does not
allow genetically modified wheat. Purchases of western white wheat reportedly
resumed on August 1, while purchases of soft white wheat for livestock
feed will resume August 7. See japantoday.com, August 2, 2013.