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AVMA Supports FDA Efforts to Clarify Regulation of Genetically Engineered Animals

Friday, September 19, 2008 General News J E 4
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SCHAUMBURG, Ill., Sept. 18 The American Veterinary MedicalAssociation (AVMA) today applauded the release of federal guidance on the useof genetically engineered animals in research and food production.

"Genetic engineering has opened many doors and has the potential toprovide great benefit to humans, animals and our society," said W. RonDeHaven, DVM, chief executive officer of the AVMA.

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comments were issued in response to today's announcement bythe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that it has released draft guidance onthe regulation of genetically engineered animals and is asking for commentsfrom the public.

"The development and appropriate regulation of this technology haswidespread 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 incorporatethorough scientific review in the process and responsibly address animalwelfare issues."

The FDA guidance is intended to increase industry compliance with FDAregulations and increase public awareness and understanding of the FDA's rolein the oversight of genetically engineered animals and food products derivedfrom these animals.

The AVMA's policy on the Use of Biotechnology in Veterinary Medicine andAnimal Agriculture can be viewed athttp://www.avma.org/issues/policy/biotechnology_medicine_agriculture.asp.

The FDA's draft guidance can be viewed at downloaded athttp://www.fda.gov/consumer/updates/ge_animals091808.pdf. Public comments onthe draft guidance are accepted until November 18, 2008, and can be submittedby going to http://www.fda.gov/dockets/ecomments or http://www.regulations.govand selecting select Docket No. FDA-2008-D-0394.

The AVMA and its more than 76,000 member veterinarians are engaged in a wide

variety of activities dedicated to advancing the science and art of animal,

human and public health. Visit the AVMA Web site at http://www.avma.org formore information.

SOURCE American Veterinary Medical Association
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