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