FarmPolicy

August 23, 2017

USDA Investigating Detection Of Positive Genetically Engineered Glyphosate-Resistant Wheat In Oregon

Categories: Regulations

From USDA, May 29- “The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced today that test results of plant samples from an Oregon farm indicate the presence of genetically engineered (GE) glyphosate-resistant wheat plants. Further testing by USDA laboratories indicate the presence of the same genetically engineered GE glyphosate-resistant wheat variety that Monsanto was authorized to field test in 16 states from 1998 to 2005. APHIS launched a formal investigation after being notified by an Oregon State University scientist that initial tests of wheat samples from an Oregon farm indicated the possible presence of GE glyphosate-resistant wheat plants.

The detection of this wheat variety does not pose a food safety concern. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) completed a voluntary consultation on the safety of food and feed derived from this GE glyphosate-resistant wheat variety in 2004. FDA completed the voluntary consultation with no further questions concerning the safety of grain and forage derived from this wheat, noting that this variety was as safe as any non-GE wheat currently on the market.

“USDA officials say they are taking this situation very seriously and have launched a formal investigation.”

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Farm Bill; Ag Economy; and, Immigration

Farm Bill

Jim Harger reported yesterday at Michigan Live Online that, “U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow is confident her colleagues in the Senate will pass the Farm Bill her committee has been working on for the past two years.

“The Michigan Democrat said she is not as sure about the U.S. House, where some conservatives and the ‘tea party wing’ of the Republican caucus don’t believe a Farm Bill is needed, Stabenow said during a visit to a Sparta apple orchard Tuesday, May 28.

“‘The problem has always been folks who don’t think we should be helping farmers at all,’ said Stabenow, who chairs the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.”

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