Wednesday, June 19, 2013

USDA Says Genetically Engineered Wheat Found in Oregon Was an Isolated Incident

In a statement issued on June 14, 2013, the USDA indicated the genetically engineered wheat found in Oregon last month has not spread. Following the discovery the USDA launched an investigation into the source of the wheat.  The USDA interviewed several individuals including the farmer who harvested the wheat and the producer of the wheat seed. In addition, the USDA obtained samples of the seed and other wheat grown by the farmer.  Using a test developed by Monsanto, the USDA confirmed the seed and the wheat did not contain GE material. The USDA indicated the investigation is continuing and 200 area growers are expected to be interviewed in the near future.

For a copy of the statement, please see visit the USDA’s website.

Written By Clara E. Conklin – Research Assistant
The Agricultural Law Resource and Reference Center
June 19, 2013

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