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Canada will back the United States in a trade row with Mexico over genetically modified corn, its trade minister announced Friday.

The United States last week announced the establishment of a dispute settlement panel under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) over Mexico's plans to ban biotech corn in tortillas or dough.

In a statement, Canadian Trade Minister Mary Ng said Ottawa would participate "as a third party in the dispute settlement proceedings initiated by the United States."

She said Canada shares US concerns that Mexico is breaching the terms of the North American trade pact.

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