Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Modified Wheat Appears to Be Isolated, USDA Says; Government Continues to Interview Oregon Farmers; BUSINESS

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Modified Wheat Appears to Be Isolated, USDA Says; Government Continues to Interview Oregon Farmers; BUSINESS

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WASHINGTON * The Agriculture Department says it has no indications that genetically modified wheat found in Oregon last month has spread beyond the field in which it was found.

No genetically engineered wheat has been approved for U.S. farming, and the department is investigating how the engineered wheat got in the field.

USDA spokesman Matt Paul said in a statement Friday that the department "has neither found nor been informed of anything that would indicate that this incident amounts to more than a single isolated incident in a single field on a single farm."

Agriculture Department officials have said the wheat is the same strain as a genetically modified wheat that was designed to be herbicide-resistant and was legally tested by seed giant Monsanto a decade ago but never approved. However, the USDA has said the modified wheat would be safe to eat if consumed.

Japan, South Korea and Taiwan have suspended imports of western white wheat from the Pacific Northwest as the USDA investigates. …

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