USDA identifies second GMO wheat variety found on Washington farm

| | July 15, 2019
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USDA investigators have identified a second GMO wheat variety from samples found in a fallow farm field in Washington state.

USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced July 12 that it had performed further tests on volunteer wheat samples found [in June].

The two Monsanto varieties are MON 71800 — which had previously been identified — and MON 71300.

MON71300 and MON71800 were evaluated in limited field trials in the Pacific Northwest from 1998 through 2005 but neither was ever commercialized, according to Monsanto, which is now owned by Bayer CropScience.

The two wheat varieties are resistant to the herbicide glyphosate, which is often sold under the trade name Roundup.

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