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Wheat Industry Welcomes Resumption of South Korean Wheat Imports
July 10, 2013
U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) are pleased to learn that South Korea will resume purchasing American wheat, which had been temporarily suspended following the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) May 29 announcement of the discovery of an unapproved genetically modified (GM) trait in volunteer wheat plants in one field in Oregon.

The Korean decision comes as a result of their extensive testing of American wheat, which resulted in no detections of any GM material in commercial supplies. This reaffirms the USDA conclusion that this was a limited, isolated incident and that no GM wheat had entered commercial supplies.

Nothing is more important than the trust we’ve earned with our customers at home and around the world. USW and the wheat farmers we represent are committed to offering what our customers want and have consistently provided wheat that meets all of South Korea’s strict quality standards.

We will continue to work with authorities in the United States and abroad to understand the details of how this situation occurred while working to ensure that our customers in the United States and abroad have access to high quality American wheat.


USW is the industry’s market development organization working in more than 100 countries. Its mission is to “develop, maintain, and expand international markets to enhance the profitability of U.S. wheat producers.” The activities of USW are made possible by producer checkoff dollars managed by 19 state wheat commissions and through cost-share funding provided by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service. For more information, visit www.uswheat.org or contact your state wheat commission.
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