Report pushes for enhanced monitoring of GE crops

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12/09/2008-The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report in which it examines the current state of regulation over genetically modified crops and makes suggestions on how to improve oversight of the crops. Due to the unauthorized mixing of some GE crops with non-GE crops, GAO felt it necessary to examine: 1. unauthorized releases of GE-crops; 2. coordination among the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Food and Drug Administration (FDA); and 3. additional actions they have proposed to improve oversight.

While the USDA, EPA, and FDA have proposed regulatory changes intended to improve their oversight of GE crops, GAO concluded that they could improve their efforts. GAO recommends that:

1. FDA make public the results of its early food safety assessments of GE crops.
2. USDA and FDA develop an agreement to share information on GE crops with traits that, if released into the food or feed supply, could cause health concerns.
3. USDA, EPA, and FDA develop a risk-based strategy for monitoring the widespread use of marketed GE crops.

The FDA agreed with the first recommendation, and, with the USDA, agreed in part with the second. In addition, the agencies agreed in part with the third recommendation.

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