September 21st, 2010
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration held a hearing Tuesday as it considers genetically engineered salmon for human consumption. The hearing specifically focused on the food labeling policies that might be made for the AquAdvantage Salmon.

Speakers included AquaBounty Technologies Chief Executive Officer Dr. Ron Stotish; Alison L. Van Eenennaam of the University of California Davis; and Abby Brandel, Associate Chief Counsel at Food and Drug Administration

Consumer protection advocates said food should be labeled as such if it derives from a genetically modified organism. AquaBounty, on the other hand, argued that genetically modified salmon should not be required to display additional labeling as it has the same qualities as the non-GMO Atlantic salmon.

“We do not believe there is any material difference between AquAdvantage Salmon and an Atlantic salmon. This fish meets the definition as defined and accepted by the FDA,” said Stotish.

“I think we all can understand the label can play an important role in consumer purchase decisions and dietary choices,” said Abby Brandel. She added that “the FDA may not be able to require this information, it's important to note that a company can choose to include this information on a food label [or] can choose to provide the information about whether a food is or is not made from a GE organism.”

Currently, the FDA does not require special labeling for foods developed using recombinant DNA techniques.

Alison L. Van Eenennaam questioned the push for labeling, “…when we do not have or require analogous information on the fish we currently consume.”

The final verdict on GMO salmon’s place in the consumer marketplace has not been made.

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  1. Ceca

    Sad to see how little people know. Do you honestly believe that big multinational corporations care about your health??
    Just see on Wikidepia what Monsanto used to produce 40 years before and now is in the food industry? rediculous!!!!

    Back to unfortunate case of my favourite natural fish – even though the FDA found that these geneticaly modified fish contained elevated levels of growth hormones, including insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1), a suspected carcinogen (elevated levels of IGF-1 in humans is linked to colon, prostate and breast cancer) – they have approved it.

    Educate yourself people and stop thinking that Pharmaceutical companies and others like AquaBounty and Monsanto want you to be healthy.
    Its against their interest!! they earn more money on you being ill.
    Think about it!

    September 27, 2010 at 5:46 am |
  2. Dahlias

    Nasty, pure and simple. Farm Fish / Genetic Fish are a NO on my plate. If I can't catch it I don't want it or if it's not in the fish market I really don't want it. Yucky!

    September 24, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  3. Adolph.

    I'm from Tanzania. I'd prefer a natural grown fish than that.. I think its time humans should stop playing Gods. Or else we are going for a very bad catastrophy in our near future.

    September 22, 2010 at 1:36 am |
  4. Mac

    These genetically modified things are fish farm fish. Fish farms are great if they are well away from rivers which empty into the sea or into major lakes and if they feed farm products. Otherwise they are heavy polluters. Fish farms generally feed fish or foods made from fish! The amount of sea fish used for these foods eventually out strip any quantity ever dreamed of being caught for human food-fish fishing. That will deprive larger fish including wild food fish of their prey. It will also starve whales, seals and other marine mammals. A lot of the funding for environmental attacks on small fishing boats come from investors in the fish farm business attempting to eliminate family fishing and leave the market to them. That does not mean that the, generally honest, environmentalists necessarily understand this motive.

    September 21, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
    • TelcoPhil

      "Are well away from rivers"?

      Yea, like that worked in the past with the Asian Carp during floods that released them!

      September 22, 2010 at 6:51 am |
      • Mac

        Good point.

        September 22, 2010 at 12:23 pm |
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