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USA - Regulating Gene Technology in Food . The American Approach and Practice


Jul 18, 2022

n the United States, there are seven government centers within three main federal agencies that are involved in the oversight of gene technology with food. There are nine different statutes that regulate different aspects of gene technology with food. This fragmented structure gives the appearance of disorganization, but United States food safety law is generally organized around product characteristics so that agencies regulate those aspects of gene technology that match their area of expertise. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) oversees the safety of genetically engineered plants and food from some aspects of animal husbandry. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversees the safety of foods derived via gene technology. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) oversees the regulation of any pesticide and related genetic material for human and environmental safety. USDA and FDA also have responsibilities for environmental protection related to approvals of gene technology products.

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