January 15, 2001

 
EXECUTIVE BOARD COVERAGE

 Biotechnology position adopted

Posted Jan. 1, 2001 

The Executive Board adopted the following position recommended by the Animal Agriculture Liaison Committee:

The American Veterinary Medical Association is committed to the availability of food that is safe, healthy, and nutritious for the consumer. The Association supports the use of biotechnology where it benefits human or animal welfare, and/or enhances efficient production of a safe and nutritious food supply.

The AVMA supports a science-based regulatory system for the approval of products developed through biotechnology. Current regulations require USDA, FDA, and EPA to approve these products for safety and efficacy before they can be marketed for human or animal use or consumption.

New products developed through biotechnology may benefit the environment and enhance nutritional value and safety of food for humans and animals. The AVMA urges that any additional regulation of products developed through biotechnology be risk-based and science-based.