Monsanto says GMO wheat find in Oregon 'suspicious'
"We have documentation of what seed was sent to the Colorado facility and documentation of its subsequent destruction," spokesman Thomas Helscher said. "At our direction, the seed was destroyed (incinerated) as it was old material and we had no plans for its future use."
Millers, grain handlers, exporters, wheat growers and others have complained that USDA/APHIS officials are not disclosing enough information about their findings, and until they do, the market for western white wheat will remain limited.
On Friday, USDA spokesman Ed Curlett said the investigation was proceeding and that so far the testing has focused on the three varieties of soft white wheat seed that the farmer in Oregon who found the Roundup Ready wheat had planted on his farm since 2009.
Investigators obtained samples of the same varieties of wheat seed sold to the farmer and other growers, and obtained samples of the farmer's wheat harvests, Curlett said. Investigators have also identified over 250 farmers who purchased and planted the same seed varieties and conducted nearly 230 in-person interviews with these farmers who all said they had not found any glyphosate resistant wheat volunteers on their farms.
The government has tested eight samples of seed and four grain samples and none of the more than 100 tests conducted have turned up positive for the experimental genetically engineered trait, according to Curlett.
Curlett said the government tested nine "pools" from each of the 12 samples for detection of as small a contamination level as 0.003 percent, or roughly one in about 30,000 kernels.