from conventional Atlantic salmon,” and will “not have a significant
impact on the quality of the human environment.” Conclusions were based
largely on data prepared by AquaBounty Technologies,
the company that manufactures the synthetic salmon. “There is a
reasonable certainty of no harm from consumption of food from this
animal,” the FDA wrote.
Since then, dozens of consumer and environmental organizations,
commercial and recreational fishery associations, food-safety advocates,
food retailers, and chefs have been putting pressure on the FDA to
continue researching the environmental and public health impacts of the
fish before releasing it into the U.S. food supply. Consumer advocates
argue that the FDA’s decision to approve this fish could open up a
pandora’s box of genetically engineered animals on the market without
labels and that the FDA is not taking these concerns seriously.