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Regional Regulatory Regimes For Gmos

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There are regional and domestic efforts to regulate the use of genetically modified organism (GMOs) in local agricultural applications, ranging from prohibition and strict regulation to minimal or non-existent regulatory schemes. Regional organizations and agreements, such as the African Union, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), addresses various aspects of GMO regulation, such as general provisions on biosafety, risk assessment guidelines, and documentation provisions for GMOs in food and feed. Over the past decade, the United States has been incorporating GMOs into its primary agricultural commodities, such as corn, soybeans, cotton, and canola. The European Union fosters an integrated approach to food safety, with the overall goal of providing a high level of food safety, animal health and welfare, and plant health throughout the European Union.

Keywords: African Union; Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN); European Union; genetically modified organism (GMO) regulation; North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)



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