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A MUTANT RUTABAGA IS STILL A RUTABAGA
Genetic engineering promises a harvest of new foods, from rot-resistant tomatoes to healthier oils. But for years, the Food & Drug Administration couldn't decide how to regulate biotech grub. The central issue: Should gene-tinkered foods be appraised like traditional products, or do they require special scrutiny?
Now, the Administration has readied a proposed policy that says gene-spliced foods don't require any special regulation. That decision should be popular with business but could raise the hackles of environmentalists, who want closer regulation of the new industry.EDITED BY DEIDRE A. DEPKE