According to Bloomberg, Japan has suspended imports of western-white wheat and feed wheat from the United States after the discovery in an Oregon field of gene-altered crops developed by Monsanto Co. that never won approval for consumption. Scientists said the rogue wheat was a strain tested from 1998 to 2005 by Monsanto, which withdrew its application for approval amid concern buyers would avoid crops from the U.S., the world’s biggest wheat exporter.
Japan will continue importing hard-red winter wheat and dark-northern spring wheat from the U.S., as they are sourced from Montana, Washington, North Dakota, and Minnesota. These types of wheat are used in Japan for bread and noodles.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investigating how the unapproved seeds slipped out and were growing nine years after Monsanto ended its wheat program.