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BIO Statement on USDA Proposed Rule for Biotechnology Regulations

The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) released the following statement on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) announcement of proposed revisions to its biotechnology regulations, referred to by the agency as the “SECURE” rule.

Washington, D.C. (June 5, 2019) – The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) released the following statement on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) announcement of proposed revisions to its biotechnology regulations, referred to by the agency as the “SECURE” rule.

The following statement may be attributed to Dana O’Brien, executive vice president of BIO’s food & agriculture section:

“BIO appreciates USDA’s diligent approach in undertaking this important biotechnology rulemaking and the agency’s overall commitment to improving predictability and pre-market oversight based on actual risk. We are thoroughly reviewing the proposal with our members as well as with key stakeholders and look forward to engaging with USDA in the coming weeks.

“A functional, predictable, legally defensible, and science-based regulatory infrastructure must be accompanied by credible, proactive transparency measures if we are to spur continued investment in and long-term success for the biology-driven innovations that are improving our planet, health, and food. These advancements, driven by a deep understanding of biology and genetics, are at the very heart of BIO’s mission and membership.

“Looking forward, BIO will continue its emphasis on bolstering the benefits-driven dialogues that are helping identify shared values and energize consumer understanding and acceptance.”

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