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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

FDA Sponsors Forum

CHICAGO -- The Food and Drug Administration, while maintaining that its policy regarding bioengineered foods is safe, opened the first of three public meetings Thursday and was greeted with both heated criticism and staunch support of genetically engineered products.

Biotechnology supporters argued that the science behind the crops was sound, and the FDA had done an exemplary job in approving as safe the introduction of such products in the United States. But opponents of genetically engineered crops, which have been endowed with abilities like producing higher yields or growing their own insecticidal toxin, contend that the federal approval process was inadequate. They also charge that the products have not been proven to be entirely safe and could pose a danger.