FDA Shortened Approval Process for Risky Gene-Edited Beef Cattle Resistant To Heat

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In March, just a few months prior to the recent report that 10,000 cattle died from heat in Kansas, the FDA made a “low-risk determination” for the marketing of food products made from gene edited CRISPR beef cattle after their review claimed that the genomic alteration didn’t cause any safety concerns. This means that the developer of the gene-edited cattle doesn’t need to earn further approval before bringing the beef to market. The cattle were genetically engineered for short and slick hair to withstand hot weather and the trait can be passed onto offspring. The FDA has given the thumbs up to five applications for five gene-edited animals: chicken, goats, salmon, rabbit, and pigs. CRISPR technology can cause extensive mutations that could lead to switching important genes on or off and could cause dangerous changes in many cells. An FDA official said that their decision that truncated safety testing will encourage more developers to create (and patent) genetically modified animal products as the market rapidly expands.

Beef from cattle that’s been gene-edited to better withstand heat stress could soon be making its way onto dinner plates in the US.

The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced it has made a “low-risk determination” for the marketing of food products made from the gene-tweaked beef cattle after their review found that the genomic alteration didn’t cause any safety concerns. This means the FDA doesn’t need the developer of the gene-edited cattle to earn further approval before bringing the beef to market, and it could be available to consumers in around two years.

In recent years, the FDA has given the thumbs up to five applications for five gene-edited animals: chicken, goats, salmon, rabbit, and pigs. However, this latest approval is a first for the FDA, because the genomic alteration can be passed onto offspring, allowing the trait to be shared through conventional breeding.

The modified cattle are products of the company Acceligen, a subsidiary of the US-based bio-engineering company Recombinetics. Their Angus cattle, called PRLR-SLICK, were genetically edited using CRISPR to grow short and slick hair, reducing their vulnerability to hot weather. This heritable gene for this extra-cool hair is the result of a naturally-occurring mutation that can occur in some conventionally bred cattle.

According to the FDA, studies have shown how the slick-hair coat helps cattle to fare better against temperature-related stress and may result in improved food production. Heat-stressed cattle is also a problem that’s expected to become even more prevalent as the climate crisis continues to deepen, with heatwaves set to become longer, more common, and more aggressive in many parts of the world.

More gene-tweaked meat could be on its way too – the FDA hopes this latest approval will encourage other biotech companies to develop gene-edited animals for their approval.

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8 months ago

How about asking the public if they even want to eat your gene edited cows?

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8 months ago

All the more reason not to eat beef.

8 months ago

Maybe this is why the Bible talks about the fish and the animals dying off. Anyone ever think of that!!?? Not God’s making!

8 months ago

Incidentally, on Clay Clark’s Timetofreeamerica.com site, he has information about Yuval Noah Harari having no reverence for the God of his fathers! See under monkey tab. Interesting…

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8 months ago

Safety concerns for the belligerent pseudo socrascont perps parading as being sane !

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8 months ago

Waiting for approval ( to prove they are a piece of

8 months ago

very good written article hope to read more post from you this is such a nice article to read with thank you.