AquaBounty Technologies has developed the first genetically engineered animal, AquAdvantageSalmon, which has been proposed to the FDA for market approval.
This salmon has been genetically altered to produce extra growth hormones, allowing it to grow faster and bigger than natural salmon. There are no independent studies on the salmon’s safety. The FDA instead relied on the false assumption that genetically engineered (GE) foods are “equivalent” to natural foods, as well as data provided by the company that created, and stands to profit from, the GE salmon. At the same time, the FDA ignored the concerns raised by thousands of Americans and dozens of legislators and scientists, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The FDA has issued a draft environmental assessment which is open for public comment until April 26, 2013.
If approved, AquaBounty’s GE salmon would be the first genetically engineered animal to be sold for human consumption and could appear in restaurants and supermarkets without a label.
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