FDA Soon Ready to Approve Genetically Modified Salmon for Human Consumption

FDA:  The genetically modified (GM) fish poses no foreseeable risk to nature.

By Shepard Ambellas
December 23, 2012

The release of an FDA drafted “environmental assessment” pertaining to genetically modified salmon could inch us one step closer to having dangerous GM meat on the dinner table. The assessment, originally dated to be released May 4, 2012 may have encountered resistance or release planning behind the curtain, as the new hybrid species of salmon is prepped for human consumption.

After a public comment period the FDA will likely grant approval for the product to be sold in AquaBounty, of Maynard, Massachusetts.

This decision if made will surely cause controversy with activists and concerned citizens alike.

An excerpt from nature.com reads;

Anti-GE groups still have a long list of concerns. Lovera would like to see more studies done on the potential health risks of the salmon, published in peer-reviewed journals and conducted by scientists with no affiliation to AquaBounty. However, it’s not clear where the money to conduct such tests would come from, as federal research funding rarely supports GE animals.

The GE salmon are currently kept within enclosed, inland tanks to prevent the small risk that the nearly sterile females will breed with wild salmon. But Lovera still worries that once the fish are approved, manufacturers will file for permits to keep them within nets in the open ocean in order to lower costs. “This is basically the final step and we think the FDA has given a strong signal that they will accept the fish, and that is a mistake,” she says.

Get ready for Frankenfish.


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