"Scientists Fret Over FDA Slowness on Genetically Altered Animals"

"Approval of foods from genetically modified animals is unjustifiably slow, scientists say; some are looking abroad."

"Scientists have created a genetically modified milk that lacks a key protein involved in triggering allergies -- an impressive technical feat that won plaudits in the biotechnology world.

But the development, published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, isn't likely to lead soon to less-allergenic milk. The process for getting government approval to sell food derived from genetically engineered animals appears to be a hopeless logjam.

A salmon with designer DNA has been in regulatory limbo since the Food and Drug Administration concluded that the fish appeared to be safe and without environmental risk two years ago. The company behind the fish, AquaBounty Technologies, is still waiting for the final regulatory steps and a sign-off from the FDA."

Rosie Mestel reports for the Los Angeles Times October 1, 2012.

Source: LA Times, 10/02/2012