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First GMO ever produced by genetic engineering poisoned thousands of Americans

The dangers of GMOs in the present day are the subject of much debate, but few can deny that the first genetically engineered (GE) products were truly dangerous. In fact, few people can talk about it at all, because most people have never even heard about these early products or the damage they caused.

Alliance for Bio-Integrity executive director Steven M. Druker relayed this information is his book, Altered Genes, Twisted Truth: How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government, and Systematically Deceived the Public.

The first edible product produced by genetic engineering killed dozens of people, and caused thousands more to become seriously ill, with many of them ending up permanently disabled. The product in question was a food supplement made of the essential amino acid L-tryptophan derived from bacteria that had been genetically altered.

Despite meeting pharmacological purity standards, it contained trace amounts of impurities, one of which turned out to be highly toxic, even at low levels. The genetic engineering is believed to be responsible for the formation of the toxic substance behind the epidemic. No tryptophan supplements that were produced with non-engineered bacteria had ever previously been linked to the disease.

Not surprisingly, the FDA issued a slew of deceptive statements trying to shift the blame away from the technology, and their efforts seem to have worked. Most people familiar with the situation seem to be satisfied with their explanations that GE was not responsible, even though the evidence paints the opposite picture. The majority of people, however, don’t even realize this incident ever took place.

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