UPDATE 4-S.Korea rejects Argentina feed wheat after GMO strain found

Tue Jul 26, 2016 7:33pm GMT

* S.Korea to continue thorough LMO tests for imported products

* Vessel carrying Argentine feed wheat heading to Australia

* S.Korean feed wheat buyers looking into situation (Adds shipper, loading port details)

By Jane Chung

SEOUL, July 26 (Reuters) - South Korea rejected a shipment of Argentine feed wheat after finding unapproved strains of genetically modified organisms (GMO) in the cargo, the agriculture ministry said on Tuesday.

Seoul bans the entry of unapproved GMOs, defined as living modified organisms (LMO) under bio safety regulations.

In 2013, South Korean millers suspended imports of U.S. wheat after the discovery of an unapproved strain of genetically modified wheat in the United States.

"After testing 72,450 tonnes of feed wheat cargoes imported from Argentina on July 12, an unapproved strain of LMO was detected and we asked to discard or send all back," the ministry said in a statement.

The cargo was shipped by the bulk carrier ANTONIS, said an official at the Korean Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency.   Continued...

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