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USDA Closes Investigation into Latest GM Wheat Incident

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) closed its investigation into the presence of genetically modified wheat found in a field in the state of Washington earlier this year.

On July 29 the USDA confirmed that a farmer discovered genetically engineered wheat volunteering in a field. After examining the property, the department found 22 wheat plants engineered to be resistant to glyphosate volunteering in an unplanted field.

APHIS went on to test the farmers entire harvest finding no contamination and concluding that no genetically modified wheat reach the commercial market.

This was the third incident involving the detection of volunteering genetically modified wheat in the U.S. since 2013. The first occurrence happened on a farm in Oregon and the second hear a Montana State University crop research facility. All three incidents involved varieties developed by Monsanto.

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Lynda Kiernan-Stone is Editor with HighQuest Group Media and of the Oilseed & Grain News. If you would like to submit a contribution for consideration, please contact Ms. Kiernan-Stone at lkiernan-stone@highquestgroup.com.