The rest of the article:
Genetically engineered animals will require FDA approval before they can enter the marketplace, Lutter said. In addition, producers of these animals
will also have to comply with the law and regulations of the National Environmental Policy Act, he said.
Although many kinds of genetically engineered animals are in development, none has yet been approved by the agency for marketing.
In September, a draft of the new regulations was made available for public comment and the final version takes into account some of these comments,
"This technology holds great promise for the health of both animals and humans," Dr. Bernadette Dunham, director of the FDA's Center for Veterinary
Medicine, said during the teleconference.
Proponents of genetic engineering say the practice will lead to animals that can grow faster, produce healthier foods, such as heart-healthy eggs, or
be resistant to certain diseases, such as mad cow disease.
In addition, genetic engineering can improve the environment by making animal waste less toxic, Dunham said. "Pigs have been genetically engineered to
produce less phosphorus in their waste to address agricultural runoff," she said.
Fish have already been genetically engineered to grow to market size faster, "so that the wild ocean populations will not be subject to such intensive
harvest pressure," Dunham said.
Opponents say the practice could unleash unintended consequences by altering the traditional genetic structures of animals.
During the comment period, many consumer groups asked the FDA to require labels identifying food as coming from genetically engineered animals.
However, FDA officials said Thursday that while a genetically engineered animal has to be labeled as such, any food products from that animal do
"All genetically engineered animals have to be accompanied by labeling so that they can be distinguished from non-genetically engineered
counterparts," Larisa Rudenko, senior advisor for biotechnology in the Center for Veterinary Medicine, said during the teleconference.
"[The] FDA is required to ask for labeling if there is a material difference in the food that comes from these animals, but we are not required by law
to ask producers to indicate that food comes from genetically engineered animals," she said.
Genetically engineered food production has been around for a long time. Genetically engineered yeast is used in baking and brewing, and other products
from genetically engineered microbes are used in cheese-making. Genetically engineered microbes are also widely used in medicine to produce drugs.
Certain animals are being genetically altered to be used in human transplantations -- for instance, providing cells, tissues or organs that are less
likely to be rejected by the human immune system. These include islet cells to help diabetics, skin grafts for burn victims, and liver, kidney or
heart replacements for the critically ill.
The safety of genetically engineered animals intended for use as food will be decided on a case-by-case basis, Dunham said. Producers of these animals
will have to demonstrate that the new genetic traits perform as claimed, the agency added.
This is the link to the FDA site about this and it starts with an introduction etc.
I am not sure about you guys but I am grossed out and angry that they are going to be able to mass produce this stuff someday and not tell us what is
natural and what has been altered. The article says none have been approved, yet later in the article it states; they are already doing this with pigs
and fish.(?) Which one is it?
I have yet to see or hear anything about this in the MSM which angers me even more. We have a right to know what they are doing to our food supply.
Relying on them to tell us what is safe and isn't has not worked in the recent past. Why should we trust them now?
(visit the link for the full news article)