In order to gain people’s trust, the White House decided on July 2nd to appoint three agencies from the United States to review the regulation regarding biotech crop products.
The decision was announced by the President’s Office of Science and Technology. This was the result of many requests both coming from the consumers and from various organizations. There are many questions related to the safety of these crops and to whether or not they should be labeled.
New regulations or a scrutiny of the existing one is therefore called for in order to avoid unpleasant situations, such as the one in 2008, when the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service had to take responsibility for GMO (genetically modified) contaminations that prompted food recalls and affected trade.
At the time, the department proposed a rule but it was never finalized and it was eventually withdrawn. However, because people fear GMO poses a great threat to their health, there have been many requests for the government to impose new rules.
The White House issued a statement on Thursday in this respect:
“The complexity of the array of regulations and guidance documents developed by the three Federal agencies … can make it difficult for the public to understand how the safety of biotechnology products is evaluated, and navigating the regulatory process for these products can be unduly challenging,” they said.
Right now, the Food and Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service are involved in the regulation governing biotech crops. Their roles are about to be further clarified for the consumers, in order to make sure they feel safe that the risks are assessed and the regulation is regarding these products is satisfactory.
The authorities gave insurance that the system was a safe one and that the experts made efforts to have an even more transparent system of approval in order to have people trust the food provided by this country.
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