UNAPPROVED GMO WHEAT DISCOVERED IN ALBERTA
Wheat containing a genetically modified trait developed by to tolerate the Roundup weed-killer was discovered last summer in Alberta, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said on Thursday. The wheat, discovered after it survived herbicide spraying, has not been approved for commercial use, said David Bailey, director of CFIA’s plant production division. Canada is one of the world’s largest wheat exporters. While other crops such as corn and soybeans have been widely genetically modified to improve yield or withstand threats, GMO wheat has not been approved anywhere for commercial production because of concerns by consumers. Canadian government officials have not identified the variety of wheat and said it is not present in the country’s grain or seed supply.