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.