Spencer, IA: The U.S. Department of Agriculture will not take action in a case where genetically-engineered (GE) alfalfa was found in Washington State field that was supposed to be non-GE.
In late August, a farmer claimed his hay had been rejected for export. USDA tests confirmed that the alfalfa was GE.
USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) said the whole thing is a “commercial issue” and doesn’t warrant government intervention. The APHIS statement saying, “When a GE organism is deregulated, it is no longer subject to APHIS oversight.”
USDA authorized unrestricted commercial cultivation of biotech alfalfa in 2011. But some domestic feeding operations and foreign buyers continue to require the alfalfa they buy not be genetically-engineered.