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A number of news outlets have reported that the California Department of Food and Agriculture has denied a request from an activist group for a nationwide recall of all plants and seeds from the Garden Supplies company, which sells products from around-the-clock supply chains.
The decision is based on the fact that the company has a history of “lack of transparency and lack of adherence to the law,” according to the California Public Utilities Commission.
The order comes in the wake of the release of a document showing that the plant- and seed-maker has been manufacturing genetically modified seeds for years.
A spokesperson for the California Agriculture Department told Ars that the department has not received a recall request from Garden Supples, and has not taken any steps to investigate the company.
“Garden Supplies has never and will not engage in any type of false advertising or misleading practices,” the spokesperson wrote in an email.
“Our company has always followed all applicable laws and regulations to ensure that its products meet the highest standards of safety and quality.”
The California Department Of Food and Agricultural Industries, a quasi-independent agency that regulates food products in California, told Ars the decision “does not affect the ability of Garden Supplications to continue to sell its products in the state.”
But Garden Supps isn’t the only company in the business of buying seeds.
As Ars previously reported, Monsanto is also using seeds made by Syngenta in its herbicide and seed crop line, which can also be purchased online.
In response to a question about Garden Supplys involvement, the company told Ars it has no knowledge of any such claims and that it has “zero tolerance for any illegal activity.”
In a statement to Ars, Syngenta said that “no one should be able to sell seeds that are made by a company that is not licensed by the FDA and has no authority over the seeds it produces.”
A number of news outlets have reported that the California Department of Food and Agriculture has denied a request from…