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Multi-National Agreement Supports Biotech Trade

Six governments sign agreement to work collaboratively on ag biotech and regulatory issues

Published on: May 3, 2013

In an agreement signed last month, six governments – Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, the United States and Paraguay – agreed to work together to limit ag technology barriers and promote science-based, transparent regulatory approaches.

The agreement, focused particularly on plant biotechnologies, said that the governments would allow for the trade and cultivation of "agricultural products derived from innovative technologies" and would "minimize or remove unjustified barriers to trade where they exist."

With respect to plant biotechnology, the signed countries agreed to promote utilization of regulations consistent with Codex principles, and take into account the importance of timely and efficient regulatory systems.

Six governments sign agreement to work collaboratively on ag biotech and regulatory issues
Six governments sign agreement to work collaboratively on ag biotech and regulatory issues

Specifically, the governments agreed to "endeavor to work together to promote synchronization of authorizations by regulatory authorities, in particular for food, feed and processing purposes."

The six nations also stated their intention to collaborate in the development of domestic, regional and international approaches to facilitate the global management of low-level presence of biotechnology-derived commodities that are authorized in one or more countries, but not in the country of import.

Thursday, the American Seed Trade Association, American Soybean Association, Biotechnology Industry Organization, North American Export Grain Association, National Corn Growers Association, and National Grain and Feed Association said they welcome the leadership of the U.S. government in signing the agreement address trade barriers.

Read the full statement here.