FDA Makes Low-Risk Determination for Marketing of Products from Genome-Edited Beef Cattle After Safety Review
Decision Regarding Slick-Haired Cattle is Agency’s First Enforcement Discretion Decision for an Intentional Genomic Alteration in an Animal for Food Use
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it has made a low-risk determination for the marketing of products, including food, from two genome-edited beef cattle and their offspring after determining that the intentional genomic alteration (IGA) does not raise any safety concerns (low-risk determination). The IGA results in the equivalent genotype (genetic make-up) and short-hair coat trait seen in some conventionally bred cattle, known as a “slick” coat. This is the FDA’s first low-risk determination for enforcement discretion for an IGA in an animal for food use.