Canada issues statement on Mexico’s ban of use of genetically engineered corn in tortillas and dough
August 25, 2023 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada
The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Export Promotion, International Trade and Economic Development, and the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, issued the following statement:
“Canada will participate as a third party in the dispute settlement proceedings initiated by the United States under the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) regarding the use of genetically engineered corn in tortillas and dough.
“Canada shares the concerns of the United States that Mexico is not compliant with the science and risk analysis obligations under CUSMA’s Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures Chapter. Canada believes that the measures taken by Mexico are not scientifically supported and have the potential to unnecessarily disrupt trade in the North American market.
“Canada will continue to ensure stability and resilience for Canadian farmers and the agricultural sector for years to come.”
- On February 13, 2023, Mexico issued a presidential decree that bans the use of genetically engineered corn in tortillas and dough and states an intent to gradually substitute the use of biotechnology corn in all products for human consumption and animal feed.
- On June 9, 2023, the Government of Canada issued a statement announcing that Canada would participate as a third party in the dispute settlement consultations with Mexico initiated by the U.S. under CUSMA.
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