Update Sept. 26, 2014: USDA’s report is welcome news for U.S. wheat industry
Today’s report by the USDA affirms that no genetically modified wheat is in commerce and that the commercial seed and grain supply does not contain genetically modified wheat. This finding is supported by extensive testing by USDA, state universities, Monsanto and others. The USDA report also concludes that the unexpected detection of genetically modified wheat in Oregon last May was an isolated event on one farm, one field. Completion of the USDA investigation provides closure for the wheat industry as U.S. wheat growers continue to grow their global business.
Monsanto has been performing field trials with GM crops for over 20 years. “As a company, product stewardship and regulatory compliance are at the heart of everything we do,” said Phil Miller, Monsanto’s global regulatory affairs lead. “While we believe our compliance program is best in class, we continuously review our processes and procedures to improve them, including site selection, field trial isolation and verification and auditing of field trial locations.”
Monsanto is committed to working with USDA to identify innovative stewardship practices, technologies and other opportunities to enable continuous improvement. Full compliance is our top priority. To ensure continuous improvement, Monsanto participates in both the USDA’s Biotechnology Quality Management System Program and the industry’s Excellence Through Stewardship Initiative.
As the report also notes, USDA is reviewing an unrelated situation involving closed-out genetically modified wheat field trials at Montana State University, and Monsanto is cooperating fully with that investigation. In addition, the agency noted there is no evidence that genetically modified wheat is in commerce. For more information, click here.
USDA has published a Q&A summarizing its investigation and emphasizing that there is no evidence that GM wheat is in commerce. That document is available here.
Monsanto has established this site as a resource for those interested in learning about ongoing developments related to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) investigation on the reported detection of Roundup Ready Wheat by one farmer in one field in Oregon. This section provides Monsanto’s history with GM wheat; answers to questions you may have; and additional resources.
Monsanto is taking the matter seriously and is cooperating with the USDA fully. We are conducting a rigorous investigation to validate the scope of and to address any presence of a Monsanto Roundup Ready trait in wheat.