USDA Extends Comment Period for Proposed Rule to Revamp Its Biotechnology Regulations
As previously covered here, on January 19, 2017, USDA published a proposed rule to update its regulations regarding the importation, interstate movement, and environmental release of certain genetically engineered organisms in response to advances in genetic engineering and the Agency’s understanding of the plant pest and noxious weed risk posed by genetically engineered organisms. The proposed updates would represent the first comprehensive revision of the regulations since they were established in 1987.
Today, APHIS announced that it would be extending the comment period for the proposed rule to June 19, 2017. 82 FR 10312.
With a new administration at the helm, it remains unclear whether this proposed rule will move forward following the end of the comment period on June 19, 2017. Industry stakeholders are encouraged to take advantage of this additional time to prepare and submit comments to the Agency to ensure that any future Agency action as it relates to the proposed rule will result in the least regulatory burden possible.