Placeholder Banner

BIO Applauds USTR for Taking Next Step to Return Mexico to Science-Based Policy

June 2, 2023
Media Contact
Lynne Headshot

The following statement may be attributed to Nancy Travis, vice president for international affairs, BIO.

“The Biotechnology Innovation Organization supports the decision, announced today, by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to request formal consultations with Mexico under the U.S. – Mexico – Canada Agreement (USMCA) dispute settlement provisions to resolve Mexico’s treatment of agricultural biotechnology products.

“BIO thanks U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Katherine Tai for taking this action today and all the USTR and USDA officials for their diligent work throughout the technical consultations phase. Unfortunately, technical consultations have not resolved the issue. Mexico’s non-science-based rejection of applications for biotech traits and its ban on imports of biotech corn for human consumption violate the terms of the USMCA and cannot stand.

“In addition, as we’ve said all along, Mexico’s stance against biotech corn is bad for Mexico’s consumers, who will face worse food price inflation if the ban is not lifted and is damaging to efforts to address climate concerns through agricultural innovation. BIO has urged the Biden Administration to engage in the dispute resolution process without delay, and we applaud the action USTR is taking today.

“It is BIO’s hope that the consultations will resolve this matter and return Mexico to a science-based, transparent and predictable regulatory pathway for innovative agricultural products.”

Discover More
House lawmakers today unveiled a new draft of the BIOSECURE Act. Shortly after, BIO President and CEO, John F. Crowley, made the following statement: "The BIOSECURE bill released in the House today reinforces the national security imperative of the…
“BIO is pleased to see today’s report released by EPA, FDA and USDA outlining the joint plan for regulatory reform under the Coordinated Framework for Regulation of Biotechnology to support and sustain biotech innovation and continue growing the U.S…
BIO commends the leaders and members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees on their persistence and dedication toward passing a new farm bill this year. The farm bill is vital policy that benefits all Americans, including nutrition programs…