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Feb 27, 2012

USDA Plans to Speed Up Reg Review for GM Seed Approvals

On 27 February 2012, the Journal Gazette reported that USDA Deputy Administrator Michael Gregoire had announced that the USDA would soon be issuing new rules in the Federal Register that would speed up the new seed regulatory review process.

In the 1990s, USDA biotech (GM) seed reviews took approximately six months.  This has increased to the current rate of an estimated three years.  According to Gregoire, the main reason for this increase has been greater "public interest, more legal challenges and the advent of national organic food standards."

According to Steve Censky, CEO of the American Soybean Association, U.S. farmers are concerned by the lengthening review process as the "worry they may be disadvantaged as countries such as Brazil [who] approve new technologies faster.

The USDA will speed up the review process by "inviting public comments as soon as seed developers such as Monsanto and DuPont Co. file a complete petition for deregulation of a biotech crop, rather than waiting until the end of the review."

For more see: Kaskey, Jack. "Feds plan to speed up approval of GM seeds," Journal Gazette, 27 February 2012.

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