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U.S. Temporarily Bans Import Of GE Salmon

The FDA has blocked the import of genetically modified salmon until the agency publishes final label guidelines.

The FDA approved genetically modified salmon in November after a long regulatory fight, but will not clear the fish for import until label rules are hammered out.

GE Salmon – also known as Frankenfish by opponents – will not be found on U.S. supermarket shelves in the near future.

The Food and Drug Administration issued an alert last week saying that the agency must work out label guidelines before it will allow the fish or any product made from it to be imported.

The salmon, developed by biotech company AquaBounty Technologies, has genes that allow it to grow faster and withstand cold temperatures.

The temporary ban stems from a budget bill Congress signed into law in December.

It could take years for the FDA to finalize its label rules on the GE salmon and clear the way for imports.

The company’s innovation marks the first time a genetically modified animal has been sold for human consumption.

Read More:

  • U.S. Bans Import Of `Frankenfish’ Salmon With New Ruling (Bloomberg)
  • FDA Bans Imports Of Genetically Engineered Salmon — For Now (Washington Post)
Chad Bouchard

Chad Bouchard is a veteran reporter and WFIU alum who has covered wild and wooly beats from Indonesia to Capitol Hill. His radio work has aired on NPR, PRI and Voice of America, and his writing has appeared in The Sunday Telegraph and Scientific American’s health magazine, Lives. He has also spent a lifetime gardening, foraging and eating weird stuff.

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