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FDA to Issue Guidelines On Evaluating Biotech Food

FDA to Issue Guidelines On Evaluating Biotech Food

By Michael S. Rosenwald
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, November 24, 2004; Page E01

The Food and Drug Administration will publish draft guidelines today that would encourage companies to submit voluntary safety evaluations of bioengineered food crops that sometimes drift and cross-pollinate with plants in nearby fields.

The biotech industry welcomed the new approach, but environmental and food-safety advocates called it a poor substitute for the rigorous testing they have sought before the planting of scientifically engineered crops that could enter the nation's food supply.

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