The Agriculture Department proposes to take over the Food and Drug Administration's oversight of gene-altered animals, a potential victory for livestock groups seeking to speed approval of genetic modifications.
As former administrators of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), we have firsthand knowledge of how destructive animal and plant pests and diseases can be. Disease and pest introductions are a threat to food availability and can cost billions of dollars to control and eradicate.
The Agriculture Department has finalized a sweeping overhaul of its approval process for biotech crops that will exempt some gene modifications from regulation and allow developers to decide on their own whether their products qualify.
The Department of Agriculture has confirmed the detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza for the first time since 2017. The H7N3 strain of the disease was detected in a South Carolina commercial turkey flock.