Another rejection of Quayle

Policy on biotech foods

Another rejection of Quayle By Kris Herbst Contributing Editor WASHINGTON - FDA Commissioner David Kessler has reassured Congress that the agency's policy for commercialization of genetically engineered food products does not carry the legacy of former Vice President Dan Quayle's Council on Competitiveness, which was seeking to deregulate the biotechnology industry. The FDA's Statement of Policy on regulation of genetically engineered food products, released last May in conjunction with the Competitiveness Council, was developed by FDA scientists and based on sound scientific principles, said Kessler in testimony for the House Agriculture Appropriations Committee. Kessler's statements last week continued a series of recent moves by the Clinton administration to distance ag-bio regulation from the hands-off policies pushed by Quayle and the Council. Kessler was concerned that media coverage of the policy

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