This has been discussed previously in June of last year on ATS, but since then hearings have been held on this issue of GM Salmon, and apparently the
idea may still be proceeding forward.
From a recent article:
Web posted Friday, February 25, 2011
"No decision has been announced yet by the Food and Drug Administration following hearings held last September on whether genetically modified, or GM,
salmon should be the first animal of its kind approved for human consumption.
But FDA approvals of three other GM foods offer a clue to the agency's thinking. Over the past three years it has approved three GM foods: alfalfa, a
breed of corn grown for conversion into ethanol and sugar beets.
Next up could be GM salmon made by Massachusetts-based AquaBounty Technologies. The fish creators splice an anti-freeze gene from an ocean pout into
the growth gene of a chinook salmon, and then transplant the combo-gene into the fertilized eggs of an Atlantic salmon. The result is an AquaAdvantage
fish that grows up to 30 times faster than normal. The company has awaited approval from the FDA for more than a decade.
If Frankenfish gets the go ahead, American salmon lovers won't know if they are buying the real deal or a retooled imitation. Because GM salmon is
categorized as a "veterinary procedure," the FDA requires no labeling to alert consumers that the food had been genetically tweaked."
So if this is approved we are not going to know it one way or the other if it's real salmon or not.....especially since there will be no "labeling"
requirements..... sounds kind of "fishy" to me.
Here's the link to the FDA Hearings Notice that were held in September of 2010:
And an article update on the FDA decision which gives us some hope that it may not happen:
But there is this:
"In conclusion, all of the data and information we reviewed ... really drive us to the conclusion that AquAdvantage salmon is Atlantic salmon, and
food from AquAdvantage salmon is as safe as food from other Atlantic salmon," said Kathleen Jones of the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine."
which means it's still under consideration, and this issue needs to be watched closely for future
So the question is, If this is approved, will you as ATS members continue to buy salmon?
edit on 2/26/2011 by manta78 because: (no reason