Following the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on agricultural biotechnology today, the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture CEO Dr. Barb Glenn released the following statement:
“NASDA is pleased to see USDA continue steps to reform the regulatory framework for agricultural biotechnology products. Using the law as intended by Congress to bring order and efficiency to our current process welcomes innovation and enables our regulatory system to keep pace with science. The pandemic reminds us of the necessity of tools, like animal biotechnology, that bolster our food supply chain and promote healthy animals and a healthy environment.
NASDA will submit comments in support of USDA’s announcement and provide recommendations to strengthen the ANPRM, highlighting the importance of scientifically-sound, risk-based regulation. Animal biotechnology provides producers with the necessary tools to meet increasing demand for U.S. meat and poultry products. NASDA is ready and excited to work with our federal counterparts to establish the U.S. as a leader in international regulatory conservation and ensure our high-quality, safe food products remain competitive in the global marketplace.
NASDA supports an efficient regulatory framework to ensure the well-being of animals while maintaining the affordability and competitiveness of the American animal agriculture industry.
NASDA represents the elected and appointed commissioners, secretaries, and directors of the departments of agriculture in all fifty states and four U.S. territories. NASDA grows and enhances agriculture by forging partnerships and creating consensus to achieve sound policy outcomes between state departments of agriculture, the federal government, and stakeholders. For more information, visit NASDA.org or read the NASDA president’s most recent op-ed on animal biotechnology.