Genetically Engineered Salmon: FDA Says It’s Safe – Consumers Say ‘No Way’

Back in September, the U.S Food and Drug Administration that a genetically engineered fish grown in a lab was “as safe as food
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.

If the FDA approves the scientifically created salmon, a product called AquAdvantage, it will be the first time a genetically engineered animal has been given the green light for human consumption.
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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.