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Food from New Plant Varieties

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Better understand genetically engineered foods (GMOs)

The FDA regulates human and animal foods derived from plants including those that have been developed using genetic engineering or genome editing techniques, commonly referred to as “GMOs” (Genetically Modified Organisms) or as “bioengineered.” All foods regulated by the FDA that are produced, processed, stored, shipped or sold in the United States are held to the same safety standards. 

The FDA focuses on the safety and nutritional characteristics of foods and not the processes by which they are produced. This regulatory approach is supported by more than 25 years of experience in this area demonstrating that as a class, foods from genetically engineered plant varieties don’t present different or greater safety concerns than their non-genetically engineered counterparts.    

To learn more about the FDA’s plant biotechnology priorities, regulatory guidance, and general information, please visit:

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