Biotechnology Updates

Laws, Regulations and Programs Pertaining to Biotechnology - See Chapter 14 of the Federal Produce Policy Manual


February 25, 2016

Senate GMO Labeling Bill Mark-Up Postponed

The Senate Committee on Agriculture was scheduled to have a markup on the Chairman Pat Roberts’ draft GMO labeling bill today, February 25, 2016, but the meeting was postponed without a new date.

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Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture Meeting

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announces a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (AC21). The committee is being convened to: Consider work of the three ad hoc subgroups on the progress of their analyses relevant to the new AC21 charge; listen to presentations from outside experts on topics relevant to the work of the AC21; and continue overall discussions on the committee charge and planning subsequent work.

The meeting will be held on Monday-Tuesday, March 14-15, 2016, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. This meeting is open to the public. On March 14, 2016, if time permits, reasonable provision will be made for oral presentations of no more than five minutes each in duration, starting at 3:30 p.m.

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Economic Issues in the Coexistence of Organic, Genetically Engineered (GE), and Non-GE Crops

The Economic Research Service (ERS) released a report examining organic and conventional product markets, common coexistence practices, and the economic impacts when GE material is detected in non-GE products.

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February 18, 2016

Will the Purchase of Syngenta by a Chinese Firm Help in Biotech Acceptance?

ChemChina’s recent purchase of Syngenta, the largest foreign acquisition by a Chinese firm at $43 billion, could lower Chinese suspicion of genetically modified (GM) crops. 

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February 04, 2016

Introduction of the Products of Biotechnology

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) advised the public that it plans to prepare a programmatic environmental impact statement in connection with potential changes to the regulations regarding the importation, interstate movement, and environmental release of certain genetically engineered organisms. The notice identifies reasonable alternatives and potential issues to be evaluated in the environmental impact statement and requests public comments to further define the scope of the alternatives and environmental impacts and issues for APHIS to consider.

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January 28, 2016

Food Industry Unites to Block State GMO Labeling Laws

In a last-ditch effort to fight against mandatory food labeling of GMO products, many of the nation’s food and farm industries are joining a national coalition to campaign against the state laws.

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January 21, 2016

GE Potato Safe for Human Consumption

The FDA announced that a potato genetically engineered to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish Potato Famine is as safe as any other similar product available on the market.

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Maine Debates Removing GMO Labeling Trigger

Maine already has a GMO labeling law in place, but the law is only triggered if five contiguous states, including Maine, pass labeling laws. 

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