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AVMA Envisions Potential of a GM Future

by 5m Editor
19 September 2008, at 5:45pm

US - The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) applauded the release of federal guidance on the use of genetically engineered animals in research and food production.

"Genetic engineering has opened many doors and has the potential to provide great benefit to humans, animals and our society," said W. Ron DeHaven, DVM, chief executive officer of the AVMA on 18 September.

Dr DeHaven's comments were issued in response to an announcement by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that it has released draft guidance on the regulation of genetically engineered animals and is asking for comments from the public.

"The development and appropriate regulation of this technology has widespread applications in advancing our knowledge of diseases, food safety, environmental conservation and efficient food and fiber production," Dr DeHaven said. "The AVMA urges that all stakeholders involved incorporate thorough scientific review in the process and responsibly address animal welfare issues."

The FDA guidance is intended to increase industry compliance with FDA regulations and increase public awareness and understanding of the FDA's role in the oversight of genetically engineered animals and food products derived from these animals.

Further Reading

- Go to our previous news item on this story by clicking here.
- You can view the FDA's draft guidance by clicking here.

5m Editor