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USDA targets faster GM crop approvals

The USDA is committed to accelerating its approvals of genetically modified crops and aims to reduce the backlog of deregulation petitions under review from 16 to eight by next year, officials told House of Representatives lawmakers last week. But the Department also remains concerned that an overly aggressive effort to quicken review timeframes could leave decisions vulnerable to legal challenges, according to the head of the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

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