While most people don’t think about this it is something we should all be aware of, the FDA is lacking severely when it comes to safety testing. They do not care about what we end up putting into our bodies.
For those of you who do not know in regards to GMOs, the FDA has declared something known as “substantial equivalence.” This meaning that there are no long term independent safety tests being done on these new foods or crops that are being genetically engineered. This is the case once again concerning the GMO pineapple we have been given now.
The FDA claims that the Del Monte brand pineapple creation is safe based only on the information provided to them by the company itself. It appears this GMO pineapple could be heading to stores everywhere in the near future. This pineapple is supposed to have an extra sweet pink flesh that will hopefully set it apart from real pineapple so the difference will be obvious.
According to the FDA, these GMO pineapples are created in this manner:
“Del Monte’s new pineapple has been genetically engineered to produce lower levels of the enzymes already in conventional pineapple that convert the pink pigment lycopene to the yellow pigment beta carotene. Lycopene is the pigment that makes tomatoes red and watermelons pink, so it is commonly and safely consumed.”
Genetic engineering can create many unseen changes at a cellular level. We as everyday people are not aware of these changes. For some reason, the FDA and GMO companies disagree with anyone who suggests that there is a need for long-term independent safety testing. There will be no special labeling marking this pineapple as GMO so please be on the lookout for any “extra sweet pink fleshed pineapple,” avoid it at all costs!