US biotech company ProdiGene has been fined US$250,000 by the US Department of Agriculture for accidentally contaminating soybeans with genetically engineered corn. In November, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) quarantined 500,000 bushels of soybeans in Nebraska on concerns that a small amount of ProdiGene bio-corn may have been mixed with the soybean harvest. The soybeans, which were valued at US$2.7m, had been growing in a field where ProdiGene bio-corn had previously been grown.