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A mix of bacteria-killing viruses can be safely sprayed on cold cuts, hot dogs and sausages to combat common microbes that kill hundreds of people a year, federal health officials said Friday in granting the first-ever approval of viruses as a food additive.
The viruses are grown in a preparation of the very bacteria they kill, and then purified. The FDA had concerns that the virus preparation potentially could contain toxic residues associated with the bacteria. However, testing did not reveal the presence of such residues, which in small quantities likely wouldn't cause health problems anyway, the FDA said.
"As long as it used in accordance with the regulations, we have concluded it's safe," Zajac said. People normally come into contact with phages through food, water and the environment, and they are found in our digestive tracts, the FDA said.
Consumers won't be aware that meat and poultry products have been treated with the spray, Zajac added. The Department of Agriculture will regulate the actual use of the product.
It's the word "likely" that I put in bold..........
It means they just aren't sure yet and we get to be the guinea pigs.
How much testing has this gone through, I mean real life testing, the type of accidents humans are prone to?
What happens if it isnt used in 'accordance with regs', what then?
Oh, this is the stinger, you have NO choice. The food will not sport a lable indicating that it has been treated with this process. I shall be keeping a watch to see if this will spread to the UK.
Originally posted by bsl4doc
It's important to note that bacteriophages are incapable of infecting humans, so the worst thing that could come of this should some of the "bacterial toxins" not be removed properly, is a sore stomach from lysed cells.
So? They don't put labels on the package for every other chemical they've added. Why would they do it for this?
Originally posted by Long Lance
PS: anyone can isolate phages, all you need is a culture of the target germ, then add material from biologically diverse sources (essentially dirt), if the target germ dies, you found your remedy, it's not complicated at all, although patience is required unless you're lucky.
Originally posted by ADVISOR
More bacterial and viral microbes? I thought I had enough parasites in my intestines as it was, now we are going to have more added to our food.
Hmm, never thought I would say this, but this omnivore may turn vegitarian...nah I'll just kill my own food more often now thats all. Venison any one?