The USDA plans to double down efforts to work with partners globally towards science-based regulatory approaches. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement regarding [the] European Court of Justice (ECJ)[July 25] ruling on newer mutagenesis methods, otherwise known as genome editing.
Government policies should encourage scientific innovation without creating unnecessary barriers…Unfortunately, [July 25th’s] ECJ ruling is a setback in this regard in that it narrowly considers newer genome editing methods to be within the scope of the European Union’s regressive and outdated regulations governing [GMOs].
We encourage the European Union to seek input from the scientific and agricultural communities, as well as its trading partners, in determining the appropriate implementation of the ruling.
“The global regulatory treatment of genome-edited agricultural products has strategic innovation and trade implications for U.S. agriculture…In light of the ECJ ruling, USDA will re-double its efforts to work with partners globally towards science- and risk-based regulatory approaches.”
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