Modified Mushroom “Escapes Regulation”

Val Giddings April 21, 2016
April 21, 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently determined that a mushroom improved to reduce food waste by resisting spoilage presents little hazard and thus requires only cursory screening. Some criticize this as a regulatory failure, forgetting that the purpose of regulation is to mitigate exposure to actual hazards. Products presenting negligible hazards should, in fact, not require pre-market regulatory approval, especially given the inescapable Food and Drug Administration requirement that all food placed on the market be safe. Val Giddings explores the misplaced controversy over this innovation in Innovation Files and points out that we have long experience with well-loved products modified in the very same way by Mother Nature.