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CFIA process assures customers that no GM wheat is grown commercially in Canada

The Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) says Canadian wheat customers can be assured that there is no genetically modified (GM) wheat in commercial production in Canada following today’s announcement by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) of an isolated discovery of a few wheat plants in Southern Alberta.

The CFIA has revealed that the plants containing an unapproved GM trait were discovered along an access road to an oil well site and there is no evidence that wheat containing the trait has been grown commercially in farmers’ fields. 

The CFIA process included extensive testing of neighboring fields and stored grain. In addition, the Canadian Grain Commission’s (CGC) ongoing monitoring of export cargoes has found no evidence of the unapproved trait in Canadian wheat shipments.

“Today’s announcement proves that Canada’s science-based regulatory system works and is committed to full transparency with our international customers,” says Kevin Bender, AWC Chair. “This is an isolated discovery and the extensive protocols that were followed have verified that no wheat with unapproved traits entered the commercial system.”

Media contact:
Megan Hall
Marketing and Events Coordinator
Alberta Wheat Commission
d. 403-219-7911
c. 587-582-0204