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Biotech Blog: USDA Should Establish a Science-Based Regulatory System to Address Genetically Engineered and Gene-Edited Crops


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Biotech Blog: USDA Should Establish a Science-Based Regulatory System to Address Genetically Engineered and Gene-Edited Crops

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been regulating genetically engineered (GE) crops to ensure that they are not harmful to our agricultural system for over 20 years. USDA regulates those crops based primarily on the technique used to introduce the new gene, and its oversight is not proportional to the potential risk of the introduced trait. More recently, it has applied that same system to gene-edited crops. Instead, USDA needs to establish a science-based regulatory system for both GE and gene-edited crops, in which the degree of oversight, if any, is determined by the potential risk of the engineered or edited crop’s new characteristic.


By CSPI, USA,


Health Policy Resource.

Consumers Should Still Avoid Sucralose Pending More Testing


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Consumers Should Still Avoid Sucralose Pending More Testing

In 2016, the Center for Science in the Public Interest downgraded its safety rating of the artificial sweetener sucralose, the artificial sweetener in Splenda, from “caution” to “avoid” in the wake of the independent Ramazzini Institute’s findings that the chemical caused leukemia and related blood cancers in male mice. The European Food Safety Agency announced yesterday that it doesn’t think the available data support Ramazzini’s conclusions that sucralose causes those cancers.


By CSPI, USA,


Health Policy Resource.

FDA Denies Petition to Protect Consumers from Perchlorate


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FDA Denies Petition to Protect Consumers from Perchlorate

Consumers can’t avoid perchlorate on their own; we rely on officials at the Food and Drug Administration to keep chemicals like this out of our food. That’s why in 2014 the Natural Resources Defense Council, CSPI, and other health and environmental groups asked the FDA to ban perchlorate from food packaging, and in 2016 sued the agency for not acting.


By CSPI, USA,


Health Policy Resource.