FDA Says These Pink Pineapples Are Safe To Consume (Photos)

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By Cooking Panda

So here’s a silly little exercise: Imagine your favorite fruit. Really envision it in your mind: its shape, its texture, its flavor, its color, the way it feels in your hand.

Now, imagine that you could change that fruit to taste the same, but be any color your heart desires (the bagel gods turned their normally beige-creation rainbow, after all).

Personally, I’ve hopped on the 2017-popular-food-color bandwagon, and so am imagining all of the strawberries in the land different shades of purple. If you envisioned a pineapple and wanted to turn it pink, however, guess what? You’re in luck!

NBC reports that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration actually just declared a new genetically engineered pineapple safe and nutritious, which means that a new pink pineapple made by Del Monte Fresh Produce is safe to be sold, and therefore bought, maybe by you!

“(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,” NBC reports the FDA as saying. “Lycopene is the pigment that makes tomatoes red and watermelons pink, so it is commonly and safely consumed.”

How cute is that?

The company says that its vibrant pineapple will be labeled as “extra sweet pink flesh pineapple” and grown in Costa Rica.

The only reason that the FDA felt the need to label the genetically engineered plants is because even though they are safe, federal law makes it a requirement to do so.

“We use the term ‘genetic engineering’ to refer to genetic modification practices that utilize modern biotechnology. In this process, scientists make targeted changes to a plant’s genetic makeup to give the plant a new desirable trait. For example, two new apple varieties have been genetically engineered to resist browning associated with cuts and bruises by reducing levels of enzymes that can cause browning.”

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Additionally, the FDA claims that human beings have actually been modifying their crops for thousands of years, which has enabled us to grow all sorts of varieties of foods.

Sounds good to us!

Source: NBC / Photo Credit: The Pineapple Patio/Instagram, Colleen McKenzie/InstagramDr. Ava Shamban/Instagram

Tags: cross breeding, farming, FDA, genetically modified, pink pineapple
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