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Genetically Engineered Grass

Washington, DC: (Nov-26-07) The Agriculture Department brought charges against Scotts Miracle-Gro Co., alleging that the company failed to comply with US rules while testing a genetically engineered grass variety that could one day be used on lawns and athletic fields. Allegations included failure by Scotts to follow proper equipment cleaning procedures and to have all required buffer zones around the genetically engineered crop to prevent mixing with traditional crops.

As part of a settlement reached, the company agreed to pay a $500,000 fine to resolve allegations. Sources stated that the settlement involved field tests in 21 states of creeping bentgrass modified to resist weed killers such as Monsanto Co's Roundup. They also claimed that the payout was the largest allowed by the Plant Protection Act of 2000, according to the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). [YAHOO: GRASS REGULATIONS]

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Published on Nov-27-07


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