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USDA Seeks Input on Potential Regulatory Oversight for Certain Animals Developed Using Genetic Engineering

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is reopening the public review and comment period for an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) regarding whether to establish regulations for the movement of certain animals modified or developed using genetic engineering. 

On December 28, 2020, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced the availability of the ANPR for a 60-day public review and comment period, which closed on February 26, 2021. APHIS and FSIS are reopening the comment period for 60 days to allow interested persons more time to prepare and submit comments. 

Under the contemplated regulatory framework, USDA would use the authorities granted to the Department through the Animal Health Protection Act (AHPA), the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA), and the Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA) to evaluate organisms developed using genetic engineering. 

The ANPR can be accessed now on the News page of the APHIS Biotechnology Regulatory Services website. This notice may be viewed in the Federal Register. Comments will be accepted beginning Monday, March 8, through May 7, 2021, our online comment portal:  https://www.regulations.gov/docket/APHIS-2020-0079/document.



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