The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a final guidance on the regulation of genetically engineered (GE) animals under the new animal drug provisions of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The guidance clarifies FDA’s statutory and regulatory authority and provides recommendations to producers of GE animals to help them meet their obligations and responsibilities under the law (www.fda.gov/cvm/GEanimals.htm).

According to FDA officials, the guidance will help them efficiently review applications for products from GE animals to ensure their safety and efficacy. And FDA says it won’t allow any products from GE animals to be sold without first submitting them to scrutiny by independent advisers at a public meeting.

Meanwhile, FoodProductionDaily reports that Jean Halloran, Consumers Union (CU) director of food policy initiatives, says FDA’s policy claiming that GE foods are not different from conventional foods and thus don’t need to be labelled flies in the face of consumer opinion and common sense. She says a recent CU poll found 95% of consumers favor labelling of meat and milk from GE animals.