Genetically Modified Salmon Approved by the FDA

By Naturally Savvy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that it has approved the production and sale of the first genetically modified salmon for human consumption.

AquaBounty Technologies has won approval for its AquAdvantage salmon, an Atlantic salmon that has been genetically modified at a plant in P.E.I. to mature more quickly than conventional farmed fish. The salmon is produced by inserting a growth hormone gene from a Chinook salmon, as well as a gene from the ocean pout, which make the animal grow faster.

The salmon has been opposed by many environmental and consumer groups, arguing that the safety studies were not sufficient and that wild salmon populations may be affected if the genetically modified fish were to escape into the oceans and rivers.

Since the FDA doesn't legally require companies to label GMO salmon, the way to avoid obtaining genetically modified salmon is to purchase the wild-caught variety.

[BREAKING NEWS] Read more about the approval of GMO salmon. 

Here is just some of the reaction from Twitter:

Sources: New York TimesUSA Today, Twitter
Image via: USFWS - Pacific Region

By Naturally Savvy| November 19, 2015
Categories:  Eat

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