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Region/Continent and country:
North America / USA
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What was contaminated:
Seed
GM organism involved:
Grass
Year incident occurred:
2004

Route of contamination

USA - Roundup Ready GM bentgrass escape from field tests

The US company Scotts (owned by Monsanto) was found to have allowed GM grass seed to be dispersed via the wind from field trials at Jefferson County, Oregon. Scotts failed to notify the US authorities and had to pay a fine and train staff.

Creeping bentgrass is unique in that it is a widespread, wind-pollinated perennial, which can hybridize with many wild relatives and persist without human intervention.
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Further information

APHIS BRS Fiscal Year 2004 compliance investigations. >


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