Ag Policy/Food Prices

CFA Joins Consumer and Environmental Organizations in Opposing USDA Proposal to Turn Away from Science- and Risk-Based Oversight of GMOs

Consumer groups call for USDA oversight of genetically engineered plants to ensure safety

Washington D.C. – Consumer Federation of America joined Center for Science in the Public Interest, Environmental Defense Fund, and the National Wildlife Federation, in submitting comments on the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) proposed changes to regulations governing USDA’s oversight of genetically engineered (GE) organisms. The comments raise concerns that the proposed regulatory regime will not provide adequate safeguards for human health and the environment, and will threaten to undermine consumer support of GE products. In particular, the comments criticize a proposed measure that would allow GE plant developers to “self-determine” whether the regulations apply to them, and to keep secret the entry of GE products on the market.