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FDA Approved—No Label Required—GMO Fish

Written By: Brenda (B.K.) Walker

November 2015

“What’s in your wallet” isn’t the only question some consumers will soon be asking when shopping for salmon. The AquaAdvantage salmon, developed by AquaBounty Technologies, isn’t your ordinary salmon—it’s genetically engineered (GE)—approved by the FDA—AND—the company doesn’t even have to label it as genetically altered!

According to the FDA, the fish is safe to eat:

“After an exhaustive and rigorous scientific review, FDA has arrived at the decision that AquaAdvantage salmon is as safe to eat as any non-genetically engineered (GE) Atlantic salmon, and also as nutritious.”

The FDA’s seal of approval isn’t the only issue not sitting well with many souls—the FDA has also decided that there is no need to require the label to state the product is a GE fish.

Approval of The AquaAdvantage salmon is the first of its kind to gain FDA approval—making the somewhat “frankenfish” issue one of historic significance in the food industry.

So, now you not only have the steroid chicken and antibiotic cows to worry about—there could be something extra fishy about that salmon you’re considering purchasing.

Back in the USA News Story:FDA Approved—No Label Required—GMO Fish.

Read USA Today’s report about the FDA’s landmark decision: In historic first, FDA approves genetically altered salmon

"FDA Has Determined That the AquAdvantage Salmon Is as Safe to Eat as Non-GE Salmon." U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Accessed November 23, 2015.
Szabo, Liz. "In Historic First, FDA Approves Genetically Altered Salmon." USA Today. November 20, 2015. Accessed November 23, 2015.


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