UK flour maker Rank Hovis has said that it would stop using North American wheat if the US or Canada began commercial planting of genetically modified varieties of wheat due to fears the biotech wheat may contaminate non-GM grain during shipment. Hovis Wheat director Peter Jones said that if large scale opposition to GM food remained amongst British consumers, Hovis would be forced to import high-protein grain from countries such as Germany or Australia in order to avoid contamination by GM wheat.