FDA issues rules for genetically modified animals

By | September 21, 2008

Two featherless chickens peck around in some grass May 22, 2002 at the Hebrew University in Rehovot.

REUTERS/Havakuk Levison

Genetically engineered animals moved closer to the dinner table on Thursday as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration made the process it will use to review new proposals public.

The FDA published proposed detailed guidelines that producers of genetically engineered animals would have to follow to determine whether there are any risks to humans, the environment and the animals themselves.

The guidelines bring the decades-old technology of genetic engineering for animals one step closer to the market.

Genetically modified cattle, pigs, fish and goats are being produced for a variety of uses. Some produce pharmaceuticals in their milk or blood. Others are resistant to diseases such as mad cow or produce healthier meat or milk.

“Many kinds of genetically engineered animals are in development, although none has yet been approved by the agency for marketing,” FDA Deputy Commissioner Randall Lutter said.

It was important to formalize procedures the FDA uses to regulate genetically engineered animals, Lutter said, “because the technology has evolved to a point where commercialization of these animals is no longer over the horizon.” – reuters

I find this disgusting and cruel. Rooters without feathers to flap will not be able to mate. Also, these chickens will get cold and they will be subject to more pests and to sunburns.

3 thoughts on “FDA issues rules for genetically modified animals

    1. Terry

      Poor little chickens! Makes me sick to think somebody would do that to an animal. Just because something is also a food product, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t enjoy life. Chickens don’t live just to be eaten. They have lives too…

      1. Cora

        I am a firm believer that animals should be treated with respect but this is over in Israel where its extremely hot therefore they are cutting down costs on electricity and keeping the chickens cool and with them not having feathers they skip the plucking process which most company’s do while the chickens are still alive. Although I believe that things should be the way they are this has a few pro’s.

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