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Agri-Pulse reports:

Genome-edited beef could be on the market as soon as two years from now, the Food and Drug Administration said in announcing it has made a "low-risk determination" in connection with the first intentional genomic alteration in an animal for food use.

The gene-edited cattle have shorter hair, making them more tolerant of hot weather. FDA says the genetic alteration raises no safety concerns.

Acceligen, the company that produced the gene-edited cattle, said the SLICK trait "will be used to transform beef production to be more sustainable and improve animal welfare in warmer climates."

Take note: FDA doesn't appear ready to give up its regulatory authority for gene-edited food animals. Industry groups would like to see the authority transferred to USDA. FDA, however, used the announcement of the Acceligen approval to urge biotech companies to submit more traits for approval.

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