WASHINGTON Dec 3 A small amount of an unapproved research line of genetically modified cotton in Texas was accidentally harvested and sent to a processor earlier this fall, Monsanto Co (MON.N) said on Wednesday.
Some of the resulting cottonseed meal may have entered the livestock feed supply, regulators said, noting the matter was under investigation.
But even if livestock ate the meal, it would not harm them, and there would not be any residues in meat, milk or eggs from the animals, regulators from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Agriculture Department said in a statement.
Monsanto, the leading developer of biotech crops, said it notified regulators that about two-tenths of an acre of unapproved GMO cotton was harvested along with 54 acres of an approved, commercially available variety.
Of the 60 tons of production, less than 0.5 percent was from the test lines, regulators said. It was shipped for ginning and processing in late October, but was held once the mistake was detected.
The research variety produces a pesticide within cotton, and is similar to an approved corn variety, regulators and the company said. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Christian Wiessner)