Canada halts Ukraine wheat imports, France finds DDT

by Emily Buckley
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WINNIPEG, CANADA — Ukraine’s wheat export program faces some tough times in light of problems that reportedly have surfaced in several recent shipments.

In December, Canada canceled all import permits for Ukrainian feed wheat after three shipments were found to be infected with diseases not found in Canada, a government official told Reuters.

The Ukrainian wheat was infected with flag smut and dwarf bunt, diseases that do not currently infect Canadian grain, Reuters said. Mark Saille, national manager for grains in the plant protection division of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, said the agency had notified Ukrainian officials of the suspension.

Meanwhile, other news agencies reported that France discovered the banned pesticide DDT in a recent shipment of Ukraine wheat. The suspect cargo had been delivered several weeks earlier and tests were continuing. No contamination has been found in any other recent Ukraine shipments to E.U. member states, which are continuing to import.

Wheat imports from Russia and Ukraine currently are under negotiation between the E.U. and the two exporting countries. E.U. farmers have complained successfully about cheap Black Sea imports, prompting E.U. officials to impose quotas that are the subject of the talks.