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GM Contamination Register
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Region/Continent and country:
Oceania / Australia
Category of incident:
What was contaminated:
Seed
GM organism involved:
Cotton
Year incident occurred:
2002

Route of contamination
Human error in handling

Australia - 15 kgs of Monsanto's GM cotton seed was spilled during transport

Monsanto's GM Bollguard cotton seed had spilled into a trailer which was then cleaned out and the seed thrown into a rubbish bin by an employee who was unaware that it was GM cotton. The seed was later disposed of in a landfill that met required Australian Standards.
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Further information

Quarterly Report of the Gene Technology Regulator for the period 1 April to 30 June 2003, p. 19 >


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