Biotech Updates

Bill to Accelerate Biotech Approvals in U.S.

June 3, 2011

Representative Stephen Fincher, a congressman from Tennessee, USA, introduced a legislation to speed up the process of approval for biotech crops. Fincher, who is also a farmer, called the bill as 'Expediting Agriculture Through Science (EATS) Act'. The legislation would allow Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to have 180 days "to approve or deny a petition for non-regulated status, with an additional 60 days if needed to ensure the safety of the environment and compliance is met before deeming the petition approved."

Fincher emphasized the need for a more efficient approval process to keep the U.S. farmers leaders in biotech crop production.

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