|June 3, 2003,
just-food.com: 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
"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