Troubling Emails Reveal Federal Scientists Fear FDA Approval of Genetically Engineered Salmon


WASHINGTON – November 15 – After submitting a
Freedom of Information Act request, the
consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch
received numerous recent internal documents
and emails from the U.S. Department of
Interior’s Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS)
exposing startling concerns with AquaBounty
salmon – a controversial genetically
engineered (GE) fish the FDA may soon approve
as the first GE food animal for human

The documents reveal that, as late as last
month, the FDA had not adequately fulfilled a
requirement under the Endangered Species Act
to consult with both FWS and another federal
agency, the National Marine Fisheries Service
(NMFS), to determine whether approval of
AquaBounty’s salmon might impact wild,
endangered Atlantic salmon.

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About Damien Gillis

Damien Gillis is a Vancouver-based documentary filmmaker with a focus on environmental and social justice issues - especially relating to water, energy, and saving Canada's wild salmon - working with many environmental organizations in BC and around the world. He is the co-founder, along with Rafe Mair, of The Common Sense Canadian, and a board member of both the BC Environmental Network and the Haig-Brown Institute.