BIO Welcomes Reopening of USDA BioPreferred Product Certification and Labeling

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The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today thanked Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack for reopening the BioPreferred Bioproduct Certification and Labeling program and resuming the processing of applications. The Biobased Markets Program has improved consumer education and choice by labeling 900 biobased products from February 2011 until January 2013. 

Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section, said, “The USDA Certified Biobased Product label is a potent symbol for U.S. consumers that identifies products manufactured from renewable resources for a cleaner, healthier environment. Biobased products decrease our reliance on imported oil and save energy in manufacturing. The BioPreferred program is an effective federal policy that encourages companies to make investments, bring innovative technology to market and create new employment and economic opportunities here in the United States. We thank Secretary Vilsack for reopening this program and encourage Congress and the administration to prioritize robust funding for the future to ensure its success.”

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BIO is the world's largest trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. BIO also produces the BIO International Convention, the world’s largest gathering of the biotechnology industry, along with industry-leading investor and partnering meetings held around the world. BIOtechNOW is BIO's blog chronicling “innovations transforming our world” and the BIO Newsletter is the organization’s bi-weekly email newsletter. Subscribe to the BIO Newsletter.