GAO finds gap in USDA biotech approvals

Alternative technologies may not be getting the same comprehensive assessments as previous technologies.

Currently, there are gaps in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s comprehensive assessments of genetically engineered (GE) crops, according to a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report.

Given the continued debate concerning the nature and extent of agricultural and environmental benefits and challenges of GE crops, as well as the related food safety assessment issues, Sen. Jon Tester (D., Mont.) asked GAO to review the oversight of and information on GE crops.


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