No accountability with fugitive GM crop in the US.

has once again been implicated in the release of unauthorized wheat crop with the finding of experimental wheat from a canceled decade-old program which was found growing in Oregon last month. The discovery of unapproved Roundup Ready wheat in Oregon, announced May 29 by the USDA, has sparked , with Japan suspending imports of western- and and increasing import inspections.

The company is testing two versions of the product in two states. The world’s largest planted 150 acres (61 hectares) of wheat in Hawaii last year that was genetically modified to tolerate weedkiller, which the company sells under the brand name Roundup, according to a Virginia Tech database administered by the U.S. . Another 300 acres of wheat engineered with Roundup tolerance and other traits are being tested in North Dakota this year.

The Roundup Ready wheat in the new field trials is “an entirely different event” than the escaped crop reported by the USDA, St. Louis-based said and that the company phased out the roundup ready wheat program nine years ago.

“This research is still in the very early phases and at least a decade away from commercial approval,” Lee Quarles, a spokesman. “The Roundup Ready wheat project that is the subject of the was previously discontinued.”

The USDA is investigating how the experimental wheat was found so long after claimed that their trial research had ended. conducted eight Oregon field trials on -tolerant wheat between 1999 and 2002, according to the Virginia Tech database.

suspended field trials of -tolerant wheat in 2005 and resumed them in 2011, with 15 trials at sites in North Dakota and Hawaii, the data show. The specific that the crops are engineered to tolerate aren’t disclosed in most of the recent permits, with invoking confidentiality claims.

Government investigators are tracking the wheat plants’ origin and assuring trade partners the exposure is limited and poses no threat to human health, Michael Firko, acting deputy administrator at the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, said this week. No evidence exists that the unapproved wheat has entered the commercial food or feed supply, he said.

U.S. lawmakers are pushing measures to require labeling of products made from genetically modified crops, citing health and environmental concerns, a proposal opposed by farm groups and sellers such as the Grocery Manufacturers Association, a Washington-based trade group. The National Research Council and other science groups have found engineered foods are no more risky than crops developed through conventional techniques.

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