The FDA has approved the first genetically modified pig for people with meat allergies
FDAhas approved a genetically modified pig for both human consumption and medicinal purposes.
- The pigs lack alpha-gal sugar, which causes an allergic reaction in those who have alpha-gal syndrome.
The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the first ever genetically modified pig that is safe for human consumption.
GalSafe pigs, which use an intentional genomic alteration (IGA), are safe for people who have Alpha-gal syndrome, an allergy to the sugar found in red meats like lamb,
In the past few years, meat alternatives, both plant-based and genetically modified, have hit the mainstream. Faux-meat burgers from Impossible Foods can be found at Burger King and other chain restaurants, and the company has raised $500 million to develop alternatives for seafood as well.Only one other similarly engineered animal - a genetically modified salmon - has been approved by the FDA for human consumption.
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