GENETICALLY ENGINEERED PIGS FOR DINNER


The FDA has officially closed its investigation on a 2003 food safety
mishap, wherein nearly 400 bioengineered pigs, developed for research,
mistakenly ended up in the U.S. food supply. The University of Illinois
says it accidentally sold the pigs to a livestock dealer, instead of
incinerating them, as is required by law. The FDA claims it cannot make
a statement regarding potential risk to human health, given the fact
that the researchers kept insufficient records. The mishap follows on
the heels of a similar situation occurring in 2001, when genetically
engineered pigs were stolen from the University of Florida, and later
turned up in the sausage served at a funeral in High Springs, FL. /old_articles/ge/pigs.cfm