|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 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.