South Korea resumes Oregon wheat purchases

South Korea resumes Oregon wheat purchases

South Korean flour mills are resuming buying soft white wheat from the Pacific Northwest, the first break in export sales since GM plants were found in Oregon.

Korea will continue testing wheat shipments for the presence of transgenic material, but will not restrict purchases of wheat grown in Oregon, said Blake Rowe, chief executive of the Oregon Wheat Commission.

Korea and Japan, the biggest buyers of Pacific Northwest wheat, suspended new purchases after the "Roundup Ready" wheat plants were confirmed in May. Both countries accepted deliveries of wheat purchased before the discovery, but implemented testing procedures and have sought assurances that genetically engineered wheat has not entered the commercial stream.


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