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.
“Critical steps remain to implement the transfer of ownership of [the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility] to USDA and prepare for the facility's operation, and some efforts have been delayed,” a new Government Accountability Office report has concluded.
Questions linger about the efficiency of USDA's new Farmers to Families food box program and why the Agricultural Marketing Service gave contracts to some companies that appeared unqualified to fulfill them.
Selected projects under USDA's Plant Protection Act Section 7721 program will be carried out by universities, states, federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, nonprofits, and Tribal organizations
USDA's efforts to expand domestic animal disease traceability have been unfolding for more than a decade, but the department's latest push is facing a fresh wave of procedural hurdles, producer confusion, and technological debate.