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Japan resumes U.S. wheat tenders

Japan resumes U.S. wheat tenders

Eric Mortenson/Capital Press Operator Justin Waggoner combines wheat near Condon, Ore. Japan has resumed purchases of U.S. wheat.
Eric Mortenson/Capital Press Operator Justin Waggoner combines wheat near Condon, Ore. Japan has resumed purchases of U.S. wheat.
Japan has lifted its restrictions on U.S. wheat purchases.
The nation’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has issued tenders for nearly 58,000 metric tons of Western white wheat, a blend of soft white wheat and subclass club wheat grown in the Pacific Northwest.
Japan has also ordered 33,000 metric tons of dark northern spring wheat and nearly 54,000 metric tons of wheat from Canada.
“We’re pleased, obviously,” said Steve Mercer, vice president of communications of U.S. Wheat Associates.
Japan and South Korea restricted U.S. wheat purchased in July after 22 genetically engineered wheat plants, determined to be Monsanto wheat MON 71700, were found in a fallow field in Washington.
The countries waited until a new test capable of detecting MON 71700 could be implemented. South Korea lifted the restriction four days later.
Mercer said all stakeholders, government agencies, customers and other involved parties have taken a “reasonable approach.”
“It certainly minimized the potential for market disruption,” he said. “It was a delay of two tenders, perhaps.”
Japan is ahead on U.S. wheat purchases in the current marketing year compared to the same time last year, Mercer said. The nation has purchased nearly 1 million metric tons this year, compared to 922,000 metric tons last year. White wheat sales are within 10 percent of last year and spring wheat sales are ahead.
“It means there really hasn’t been much change in the pace,” Mercer said. “So far, so good.”
The marketing year begins June 1.
Japan has also released all wheat being held for testing, he said.
The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service continues an informal “fact-finding” into the Washington incident, Mercer said.
The Washington incident follows cases of GE wheat found in fields in Oregon in 2013 and Montana and 2014.
Formal APHIS investigations did not determine the sources of the GE wheat.

(Source – http://www.blackseagrain.net/novosti/japan-resumes-u-s-wheat-tenders)

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