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Japan to Resume Western-White Wheat Purchases

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PENDLETON, Ore. - U.S. Senator from Oregon Ron Wyden says the Japanese government has decided to resume purchasing U.S. western-white wheat.

The decision ends a two-month ban on the grain purchases following the apparent discovery of unapproved genetically-altered crop on an Oregon farm. 

After nearly two months of suspending purchases of soft white wheat, which is grown in the Pacific Northwest, Japan said it will start buying again August 1st.

The type of wheat, soft white, is largely grown in the Pacific Northwest.

Last month, the  Department of Agriculture said the genetically modified wheat appeared to be an isolated incident, and South Korea has since resumed purchases.