Tell the FDA to Tank GE Salmon

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.

We need hundreds of thousands of individuals and organizations to share their concerns with the FDA about this issue.  The deadline for comment is quickly approaching and we need to add your voice.

Below is a sample of the comments that we will send in on your behalf to the FDA, Please add your own comments if you wish to make your statement even more powerful.

To: US Food and Drug Administration
RE: Docket FDA-2011-N-0899 Genetically Engineered Salmon

I am writing to urge you not to approve AquaBounty's genetically engineered (GE/GM) salmon. The agency’s draft assessment does not adequately examine the risks posed by the first genetically engineered food animal, both to people and our environment.

As the first transgenic species to be intended for human consumption, AquaBounty's genetically engineered salmon has failed to meet the most basic requirements of peer-reviewed scientific standards. Unfortunately, the FDA has refused to require rigorous independent scientific testing to adequately protect the safety of human health, wild fish populations and the environment.

It is unacceptable that consumers continue to be denied their right to know what's in their food and how it's produced. Under current U.S. law, genetically engineered salmon would not have to be labeled, therefore leaving consumers in the dark about what they are eating. At the same time, government scientists have questioned the biosafety protocols provided by AquaBounty and serious questions remain about the safety of genetically engineered animals regarding their impact on human health and the environment.

As such, I urge you to reject that approval of AquaBounty's GM salmon to protect consumer health, the safety of our environment and the long-term integrity of our food supply.
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