To update the readers to this question previously answered August 20, 2013, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced that it has completed its investigation of an isolated incident involving the presence of Roundup Ready ® wheat on a commercial farmer’s field in Oregon in May 2013. The final report was released by USDA APHIS on September 26, 2014.
USDA reported that there is no evidence that genetically modified wheat is in commerce or the commercial wheat seed supply. Simply put, the USDA cannot find any presence of the genetically modified wheat anywhere. This conclusion was made after collecting and testing samples of plants and grain, completing 291 interviews with wheat growers, grain elevator operators and crop consultants, as well as interviews with field test plot researchers involved in the testing of the GE wheat. Testing was also conducted by several wheat trading partners during the last year, with no detection of the presence of GE wheat in any commercial shipment from the United States.
APHIS has determined that last year’s detection in Oregon appears to be isolated to a single field on a single farm.
All overseas markets are accepting U.S. wheat and no trade restrictions are in place as a result of last year’s detection. The USDA is confident that wheat exports will continue without disruption.
Completion of the USDA investigation provides closure for the wheat industry as U.S. wheat growers continue to grow their global business.