June 10, 2013
Researchers who identified Monsanto’s genetically modified wheat in a northeastern Oregon field are questioning the seed giant’s emphasis on the potential for faulty test results.
A Monsanto spokesman said the company is “operating on the assumption” that the test results announced 10 days ago are valid. But in a press conference call last week, company officials stressed the potential for false positives and noted that Monsanto hasn’t been given plant samples to test.
Robb Fraley, Monsanto’s chief technology officer, said the company has the only test that can pinpoint the genetically modified strain last planted in Oregon test fields a dozen years ago.