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
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
(Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Christian