2019-04-01 Soybean Oil Becomes First Gene-Edited Food in US Food Supply

Gene-edited food is a trending topic in food news lately, and both the innovations and controversy are fascinating. Consumers seem increasingly accepting of gene-edited food, in part because this technology differs from that used to make genetically modified food (GMOs). In short, with gene editing, genes are manipulated within a single species, whereas with GMOs, genes from one species are placed and manipulated within another species. Gene-edited beef may soon be on market shelves, but another gene-edited food has already entered the US food supply. According to Jim Blome, CEO of Calyxt, his company's gene-edited soybeans the cooking oil made with them are now in use and being eaten in U.S. restaurants. Calyxt uses gene-editing technology to manufacture its oil with no trans fats and a longer shelf life. Restaurants in the midwest are already using the product to fry foods. The FDA and some food watchdog groups have been asking hard questions about the long-term safety of gene-edited foods, but the jury is still out. Will gene-edited soybeans stay? Do restaurant owners have a responsibility to inform customers that they are using gene-editing cooking oil? Get the full story here. 

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