October 01, 2014

01/10/2014: Unapproved GM wheat found in Montana

A strain of genetically modified wheat never approved for sale or consumption in the United States was discovered growing in Montana in July, officials with the US Department of Agriculture said on Friday.


The announcement of a new incident came as USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) said it had concluded a 10-month probe into a separate unauthorized wheat discovery in Oregon in May 2013, without being able to determine how the GM wheat appeared.

The two incidents were unrelated, since the wheat varieties differed significantly. Both were engineered to be resistant to Monsanto Co's powerful glyphosate herbicide, commonly known as "Roundup," but they were otherwise different varieties.

USDA said GM wheat was found at Montana State University's Southern Agricultural Research Center in Huntley, where wheat was tested between 2000 and 2003.

USDA officials said the US Food and Drug Administration in 2004 determined there is no health risk to humans from GM wheat.

Read more HERE.

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