September 13, 2013
State agriculture officials are examining an eastern Washington farmer’s claim that his alfalfa is contaminated with a genetically modified seed.
The farmer said his hay was rejected for export because it contained Monsanto Company’s gene for herbicide tolerance.
Public information officer with the state agricultural department Mike Louisell said the grower contacted the department’s seed inspection program in late August. Louisell said the farmer wanted verification for whether his seed was genetically modified as a Round-Up ready alfalfa variety.
The department began their inspection Sept. 3, and Louisell said they hope to have results finalized by the end of the day Friday, Sept. 13.