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Buried Lede — GMO Food Regulations
1 August 2007, 10:30 am
Filed under: Economics of Eating, FDA, food politics, Food Safety, Regulation

The cross-head and final sentence of this reposted NYTimes story tell an interesting story which is different from the majority of the article. The majority of the article talks about how the FDA is finally getting serious about GMO foods in terms of determining whether and how they are to enter the U.S. food supply. However the cross-head and final sentence seem to indicate that it is the biotech industry which is behind the creation of these standards, apparently as a way of allaying investor’s fears. This is interesting. Compliance with relevant laws and regulations is a fairly persuasive bar to liability, from what I understand, in products liability cases. If the biotech industry is pushing for the creation of regulations it is almost certainly with the intention of shielding themselves from liability by arguing that they are in compliance with the regulations which they almost certainly helped write.

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