Four months after the discovery of genetically engineered wheat sent a shudder through one of Oregon’s most significant international markets, federal investigators appear no closer to solving the mystery of how the “Roundup Ready” plants appeared in a solitary eastern Oregon field.
Meanwhile, records released by the Oregon Department of Agriculture show the discovery sent officials scrambling to obtain information, reassure legislators, monitor media reports and decipher overseas market reaction.
The finding threatened sales of Oregon wheat to Asian nations that mill it to make cakes, crackers or noodles, or use it for animal feed. Japan and Korea, the biggest markets, get one-third of their wheat from Oregon and together accounted for $700 million in sales in 2012, according to agriculture department documents.
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