USDA Proposes New Regulations for Genetically Engineered Organisms

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. June 11 2019

USDA, Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service, Biotechnology Regulatory Services (APHIS-BRS) has proposed revisions to current biotechnology regulations, which were established in 1987.  This marks the third attempt by USDA to alter these regulations, previously in 2008 and 2017; however, the proposals were withdrawn in the face of substantial pushback in public comments.

The changes now proposed would impact the introduction, importation, interstate movement, or release into the environment, of genetically engineered (GE) organisms.  APHIS cites guiding principl...

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