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Report Shows Source of Unapproved GM Wheat Inconclusive
USAgNet - 10/03/2014

The National Association of Wheat Growers and U.S. Wheat Associates were notified last week that USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service completed its investigation into the May 2013 discovery of an unapproved Roundup Ready trait in isolated volunteer wheat plants.

APHIS has determined that the source of the Roundup Ready trait is inconclusive but reconfirmed that there is no indication that any wheat with this regulated trait has entered the commercial supply chain. The agency's findings are consistent with the results of independent testing by both Japan and Korea that did not identify a single event among all classes of U.S. wheat exported to those countries. APHIS also noted that in 2004, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration concluded that the Roundup Ready trait in wheat did not pose a health risk in food or animal feed. "As we have said before, nothing is more important than the trust wheat growers have earned with our customers," said Paul Penner, NAWG president and wheat farmer from Hillsboro, Kan. "We appreciate the thorough and diligent investigation that APHIS has conducted and we accept its findings."

Like many other farmer organizations from the United States, Canada and Australia, NAWG believes that innovation in wheat varieties is needed in the years ahead. The organization says it applauds the increasing private and public research investment in hybridization, high through-put genetic screening and in biotechnology that will help farmers responsibly grow more and better wheat with less impact on the environment.

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