Germany considers banning wheat imports from US

Germany's ministry of food and agriculture (BMEL) is considering a ban on wheat from the United States after the discovery of genetically modified crops there, a spokesman told dpa Saturday.

The move follows after the US informed the EU Commission in July that 22 genetically modified variations of wheat were found on a non-agricultural field in the state of Washington.

The wheat varieties are resistant to glyphosate-based herbicides, like Roundup, which is owned by Monsato, one of the world's largest producers of seeds and pesticides, and a leading practitioner of genetic modification.

In an interview with the German news magazine Spiegel, BMEL said that the EU Commission has requested US authorities send the results of subsequent testing on the genetic variations found in the wheat.

According to data from the BMEL, German wheat imports from the US have declined in recent years. In 2013 Germany imported approximately 26,200 tons and it dropped to roughly 514 tons in 2015.

Last update: Sat, 06/08/2016 - 16:54

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