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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the approval of GalSafe pigs, which have a "first-of-its-kind intentional genomic alteration (IGA)," for use in food. "This is the first IGA in an animal that the FDA has approved for both human food consumption and as a source for potential therapeutic uses," the announcement states. "The IGA in GalSafe pigs is intended to eliminate alpha-gal sugar on the surface of the pigs’ cells. People with Alpha-gal syndrome (AGS) may have mild to severe allergic reactions to alpha-gal sugar found in red meat (e.g., beef, pork, and lamb)." FDA reportedly found that "food from Galsafe pigs is safe for the general population to eat" and that the potential impact of the pigs is no greater than from conventional pigs.

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is requesting comments on its draft guidance for controlling Salmonella in hog slaughter facilities. Intended to “provide information on best practices to prevent, eliminate or reduce levels of Salmonella on hogs at all stages of slaughter and dressing,” FSIS issued the guidance in response to recent Salmonella outbreaks implicating pork. Stating that facilities improving contamination control at appropriate processing locations will “likely produce raw pork products that have fewer pathogens, including Salmonella,” the Salmonella Action Plan describes steps involved in the hog slaughter process and production of raw products, with each step targeting best practice recommendations for Salmonella contamination control. It also includes information on farm rearing and transport intended for establishments to share with their suppliers and producers. Comments will be accepted until March 7, 2014. See Federal Register, January 6, 2014. Meanwhile, a report from the Pew Charitable Trusts argues that FSIS…