Export market reject GM wheat

Australia exported 66.8% of its wheat (by volume) in 2010-2011. The leading industry body for the Australian grains industry, Grain Growers Ltd (GrainGrowers), prepared a market report for the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) designed to “provide an understanding of what buyers of Australian wheat want from the Australian wheat industry”. The final version of the report, entitled What the World Wants from Australian Wheat and released in April 2011 found that key regions that buy Australian wheat are not ready to import GM wheat. Yet the GrainGrowers report fails to put a figure on the total percentage of the Australian wheat market that rejects GM wheat and the exact dollar amount this represents for Australia’s wheat industry. From the available information it is fair to conclude that the buyers of 80% of Australian wheat will not buy GM wheat now or in the foreseeable future.

To provide a greater depth of understanding of these export markets, we surveyed major food companies in Indonesia, Italy, Japan and Malaysia (representing a total of 34% in volume of importers of Australian wheat) regarding their views on GM wheat.

Indonesia

“Carrefour Indonesia follows the Group’s commitment on GMO and does not have GMO in our brand product (private label).”   Carrefour Indonesia, 1 October 2012

Italy

“Referring to the announce [sic] of the Australia GM wheat commercialization program, Barilla (applying rigorous procedures regarding the selection, purchase and management of wheat raw materials) will take a hard look to the evolution in order to maintain its not [sic] GMO commitment.”   Barilla, 30 November 2011

Malaysia

“Nestlé does not develop or grow GMO. Nestlé Malaysia’s policy is to produce and commercialise only non-GMO products … Furthermore, Nestlé takes into consideration consumer preferences as well as attitudes concerning the use of ingredients derived from Genetically Modified crops. Accordingly, Nestlé Malaysia requires suppliers to demonstrate that only non-Genetically Modified ingredients are supplied.”   Nestlé Malaysia, 14 June 2012

“If GM wheat was on the market, we would expect a lower price for it compared to conventional wheat but we will avoid it unless there is no choice of selection.”   Anonymous Major Malaysian snack manufacturer, 1 June 2012

Japan

“As GM wheat is currently not available in the Japanese market, our company thinks that there is no evidence on which to make a decision. Moreover, we have no intention to make products that contain ingredients that are not desired by the consumers.”   Ace Cook, 19 September 2012

“Considering the current situation, we think that products using GM wheat or wheat that has a possibility to be genetically modified are not acceptable in the Japanese market. Therefore, as Flour Millers Association, we cannot use materials that are unacceptable by consumers in our country.”   Flour Millers Association of Japan, 17 July 2012

“Consumers are strongly concerned about the safety for human health and the impact on the environment concerning GM crops. Currently, there is no GM wheat on the market; hence there is no evidence on which to make a decision. However, we have no intention to make products using ingredients that are not desired by consumers.”   Sanyo Foods, 18 September 2012

“Considering the current situation, we think that products using GM wheat or wheat that has a possibility to be genetically modified are not acceptable in the Japanese market. Therefore, we cannot use materials that are unacceptable by consumers in Japan.”   Showa Sangyo, 26 June 2012

“We believe that consumers in Japan would not be accepting wheat flour that contains GM wheat as well as foods that are from such wheat. This is the situation in Japan, therefore, we consider that the use of GMO-wheat should be avoided.”   Anonymous Japanese Industrial flour milling company, 26 June 2012

“It is doubtful that the current Japanese market will accept products made of GM wheat or wheat that has a possibility to be genetically modified. Therefore, considering this situation, our company will not utilize these materials.”   Anonymous Japanese Company engaged in the manufacture of wheat flour and food, 19 July 2012

“The ministry of agriculture, forestry and fisheries in Japan has been conducting surveys among the citizens to ask their opinions about GM crops. According to the results of such surveys, we understood that there are many people that are concerned of the safety and the impact of GM agricultural crops towards human health and the environment. Considering this current situation, that consumers are concerned about GM food, our company’s position is that products using GM wheat or wheat that has a possibility to be genetically modified will not be accepted in the Japanese market. Moreover, we will continue to monitor the citizens’ surveys concerning GM agricultural crops in the future.”   Anonyous Japanese holding company engaged in the flour milling business, 19 July 2012

“The ministry of agriculture, forestry and fisheries in Japan has been conducting surveys among the citizens to ask their opinions about GM crops. According to the results of such surveys, we understood that there are many people that are concerned of the safety and the impact of GM agricultural crops towards human health and the environment. Considering this current situation, that consumers are concerned about GM food, our company’s position is that products using GM wheat or wheat that has a possibility to be genetically modified will not be accepted in the Japanese market. Moreover, we will continue to monitor the citizens’ surveys concerning GM agricultural crops in the future.”   Noodle company, 25 August 2012

“Many consumers in Japan are concerned about the safety of GM agricultural crops upon human health, and therefore we think that products produced by GM wheat are unacceptable in Japan. Moreover, since Japanese government has not yet conducted safety assessment in regards to GM wheat, it is illegal to apply it on products.” Anynymous Japanese noodle company, 26 July 2012

 

 

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