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FDA says Monsanto biotech wheat safe for consumers

(Wednesday, July 28, 2004 -- CropChoice news) -- Reuters, 07/23/04:
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has determined that genetically modified wheat made by Monsanto Co. was safe for human and livestock consumption, an agency spokesman said on Friday. FDA spokesman Mike Herndon said the agency had completed its food safety assessment for Monsanto's biotech wheat variety. "What we concluded was that all safety and regulatory issues had been adequately addressed," he told Reuters.

Last month, the company said it would shelve plans to introduce the world's first GMO wheat. Monsanto withdrew submissions for its biotech wheat from all regulatory agencies except the FDA.