USDA Can Overrule Courts On GE Crops Under Spending Bill

Law360, New York (March 27, 2013, 4:07 PM EDT) -- A temporary measure signed by President Obama Tuesday that gives the USDA power to temporarily deregulate genetically engineered food even if a court has blocked its production has outraged some food groups who say the move circumvents courts' authority.

Tucked into the six-month Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013, the provision says that if the nonregulated status of any genetically modified food is invalidated or vacated by a court, the USDA — upon request of any farmer, grower or producer — can immediately grant a temporary permit...
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