Unapproved genetically engineered wheat has been discovered growing on a farm in Oregon, which could disrupt American exports of the grain, The New York Times reports.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it was not known yet whether any of the wheat, which was developed by Monsanto, got into the food supply or into grain shipments, although even if it did, it would not be a health threat. However, the presence of a genetically modified plant could cause some countries to reject exports of American wheat, particularly if traces of the unapproved grain are found in shipments. No genetically engineered wheat has been approved in any country.
Michael Firko, acting deputy administrator for biotechnology regulatory services in the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, said countries that import a lot of American wheat were being notified.