USDA says it has found nothing in its ongoing investigation into the detection of a few genetically engineered wheat plants in Oregon to indicate the issue “amounts to more than a single isolated incident in a single field on a single farm.”
The Department issued a statement June 14 updating its investigation, also noting there is no indication biotech wheat is in commerce, and all seed and grain tested for the Roundup Ready trait have come back negative.
This week, representatives from NAWG, U.S. Wheat Associates, the North American Export Grain Association (NAEGA) and the Oregon Wheat Commission met with USDA officials to press the continued need for high-level communication with foreign governments and wheat buyers.
There was at least one indication late in the week some customers’ concerns may be easing: wheat purchasers in Taiwan bought U.S. wheat, opting not to exclude wheat from the Pacific Northwest in their order.
NAWG is providing updates on the situation as it develops online at http://www.wheatworld.org/aphisinvestigation/ .
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