USDA Reviewing Genetic Engineering Organism Info Collection
The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is requesting comments no later than Dec. 26 on an information collection related to the introduction of organisms and products altered or produced through genetic engineering. APHIS will collect this information through a notification procedure or a permit requirement to ensure that certain genetically engineered organisms, when imported, moved interstate or released into the environment, will not present a risk of plant pest introduction. The information collected through the petition process is used to determine whether a genetically engineered organism will pose a risk to agriculture or the environment if grown in the absence of regulations by APHIS. The information is also provided to state departments of agriculture for review and made available to the public and private sectors on the Internet to ensure that all sectors are kept informed concerning any potential risks posed through the use of genetic engineering technology.