Gene-Edited Sausage? The FDA is temporarily allowing its consumption

Gene-editing research took a step forward recently at Washington State University.

The FDA authorized researchers there to produce sausages for human consumption made from gene-edited pigs. It is an “investigational authorization” that only covers five two-year-old pigs. They will be processed at the University’s meat lab and inspected by USDA. The gene-editing process is described as a high-tech form of selective breeding that can improve the quality and health of livestock.

The goal is to demonstrate that gene-editing is safe and could help boost food production and security.

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