Trace GM materials found in a non-GMO wheat shipment
Findings raise new concerns over the introduction of GM-wheat

June 3, 2003, Canadian wheat is suspected of containing trace amounts of genetically modified corn and canola according to the Canadian Wheat Board. The contamination is believed to be caused when gm and non-crops are handled in the same facilities.

These findings have raised new concerns over the introduction of GM wheat. The Canadian Wheat Board said that most of the GM grain which finds its way into wheat shipments can be easily detected and removed by wheat buyers because the seeds are of different sizes and weights than wheat grains, however, this is not the case with the new GM wheat seed.

"The GM wheat, on the other hand, would be visually indistinguishable. You could not clean it out," Patty Rosher, who manages biotech issues for the Canadian Wheat Board, was quoted by Reuters as saying.

"The risk to the customer who doesn't want GM wheat is much higher," she added.

Last week the CWB called on Monsanto’s Canadian division to withdraw its application to test genetically modified wheat in Canada over fears that the country may lose its main wheat markets.

U.S. grain industry officials have admitted that traces of gm materials have also been found in U.S. wheat and flour.

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