September 19, 2008
September 19, 2008 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) this week began seeking information from the public and industry about whether additional consideration is needed when genetically engineered (GE) animals are imported or moved across the country.
"Genetic engineering technology is expanding and evolving at an incredible rate," said Cindy Smith, APHIS administrator. "We want to ensure that APHIS has not only sought the public's thinking but also all available information as we consider the potential effects of GE animals on the U.S. livestock population and what our role should be in overseeing this developing industry."
APHIS is requesting information on research conducted or planned on GE animals as well as the importation and movement of GE animals amid the U.S. livestock population. APHIS is also seeking input on actions and approaches that should be considered under the Animal Health Protection Act that would complement draft guidance issued today for public comment by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). FDA's draft guidance covers its requirements and recommendations for developers of GE animals.
Comments received on or before Nov. 18 will be considered. The Sept. 19 Federal Register is available at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-21977.htm