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ASA Comments on USDA's Revised Biotech Regulations
USAgNet - 04/26/2016

The American Soybean Association submitted comments last week regarding the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's proposed revisions to biotech crop regulations. In February, APHIS announced its intent to conduct a programmatic economic impact study as part of a comprehensive study of its Part 340 regulations of biotech crops.

ASA commended APHIS for undertaking this initiative, and supports the goal of updating regulations to reflect changes in the environment for the development and commercialization of the products of biotechnology.

"Any changes to the regulations should be tailored to address specific problems in a clear and transparent manner," ASA states in the comments. "In addition, APHIS must consider the potential impact of changes in its policies on the international as well as the domestic regulatory and commercial environment for biotech products."

The group is particularly concerned by the potential for changes in our regulatory system to disrupt international trade. The U.S. government and our industry are actively encouraging foreign trading partners to adopt product-based regulatory review systems for biotech traits that are similar to our own.

Meanwhile, ASA also expressed support for the proposed regulatory approach that is product-based, regulates only products that pose a documented risk and is consistent with APHIS's authority and intent to modernize its regulations and called for oversight that is transparent, predictable and proportionate to the actual risk posed.

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