Statement from Northwest wheat leaders
Northwest wheat leadership is gratified by the announcement from the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service that the finding of biotech wheat in an Oregon field is an isolated occurrence.
Blake Rowe, CEO of the Oregon Wheat Commission, said the USDA’s report supports the industry’s judgment that this would turn out to be an isolated event. “To have this finding issue by USDA is reassuring. This is good information for our markets as we move forward.”
Glen Squires, CEO of the Washington Grain Commission, said he understands APHIS is conducting a thorough review and hopes this announcement takes the investigation one step closer to its conclusion. “This is evidence that the system works,” he said.
Blaine Jacobson, administrator of the Idaho Wheat Commission, is hopeful this gives confidence to our key customers, including Japan and Korea, that they can continue to rely on wheat from the northwest for their finest wheat based products. “We appreciate the professionalism and thoroughness with which APHIS has conducted this investigation,” he said.