June 14, 2018, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Cereals Canada assures customers of Canadian wheat that there is no commercial production of genetically modified wheat in Canada.
Earlier today the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) publicly indicated they have found a handful of wheat plants that contain an unapproved genetically modified event. The plants were found next to an isolated access road in southern Alberta.
The CFIA has not found any evidence that plants containing the unapproved genetically modified trait have been grown in commercial wheat fields in Canada. This follows a CFIA inspection that actively examined a farmers’ adjacent fields, as well as on-farm stored grain.
It is important to note that the Canadian Grain Commission’s active monitoring program of Canadian export cargos has found no evidence of this event in Canadian wheat shipments.
There is no evidence that this event has entered either food or feed chains.
Cereals Canada notes that there are no genetically modified wheat varieties registered for commercial production in Canada (or any other country).
The announcement from the CFIA today of an isolated finding of a small number of wheat plants containing a genetically modified event demonstrates Canada’s commitment to full transparency with the Canadian public and domestic and international customers. Canada’s commitment to transparency, combined with strong regulatory systems, provides confidence to customers. This confidence is supported by the assessment that this unauthorized event has not been part of commercial production and that there is no evidence of any incidence in commercial shipments.
Cereals Canada retains confidence in Canada’s science and risk-based regulatory system. Customers can be assured that the rigorous assessment and monitoring process will continue to deliver the consistent high quality safe wheat that they have come to expect from Canada.
For Further Information Contact:
Cam Dahl, President