US genetically modified wheat stokes fears, Japan cancels tender
Thu May 30, 2013
* Japan cancels tender to purchase U.S. wheat
* Asian consumers jittery about gene-altered food imports
* Importers to seek details from U.S. government (Recasts with details, quotes)
By Naveen Thukral and Risa Maeda
SINGAPORE/TOKYO, May 30 (Reuters) – A strain of genetically modified wheat found in the United States fuelled concerns over food supplies across Asia on Thursday, with major importer Japan cancelling a tender offer to buy U.S. grain.
Other top Asian wheat importers South Korea, China and the Philippines said they were closely monitoring the situation after the U.S. government found genetically engineered wheat sprouting on a farm in the state of Oregon.
The strain was never approved for sale or consumption.