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FDA Says ‘Frankenfish’ Poses No Environmental Threat

Genetically engineered salmon could be approved for human consumption in 2013.

Salmon in pan

Photo: Gwen (Flickr)

From farm to frying pan? GE salmon is one step closer to being sold in the U.S.

Genetically-engineered salmon are one step closer to the supermarket. Following a 2010 report that GE salmon is safe for human consumption, the Food and Drug Administration has just announced the fish also pose no environmental threat.

Nicknamed “frankenfish” by detractors, AquAdvantage salmon contain genes that allow them to grow twice as fast all year long. They would be the first GE animal to make its way into the United States food supply, and, if approved, the salmon would not have to carry a label informing the consumer it is genetically modified.

Some opponents fear the fish could get loose from farms and breed with the wild supply. Others argue there has not been enough long-term testing to determine GE foods do not pose a threat to human health.

Read More:

  • Frankenfish: Genetically engineered salmon close to FDA approval (Washington Times)
  • AquAdvantage ‘Frankenfish’: FDA Could Approve Modified Salmon For Human Consumption (Huffington Post)
Liz Leslie

Liz Leslie is a journalist based in Bloomington, Indiana. When she's not writing about food, she's likely eating food. Or dreaming about food.

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