USDA on July 19 deregulated Monsanto Co.’s genetically engineered (GE) sugar beets, thus allowing farmers and distributors to sell and plant the crop without regulatory oversight. The sugar beet, sold under Monsanto’s Roundup Ready brand, is genetically engineered to be resistant to the herbicide glyphosate. In February 2011, USDA had partially deregulated the GE sugar beet on an interim basis. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service issued a fact sheet on the determination of non-regulated status for the crop.
USDA grants non-regulated status to GE sugar beets
July 31, 2012 in Government Affairs & Policy
All Things Organic Annual Awards Gala Annual Fund Arsenic Benefits BioFach Canada Consumer Deals COTA Cotton Dairy Equivalency Expo East Exports and Imports Expo West Farm Bill Farming FDA Food Safety Genetic Engineering Government Affairs & Policy HACCP Health and Environment Concerns IFOAM International Trade Just Label It Leadership Award NOP NOSB Organic Industry Survey Organic PAC Organic Production Organic Products Organic Report Organic Research Organic Sector Organic Week OTA OTA Board OTA Policy Conference Research & Promotion Program Resources Standards The Organic Center USDA