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Genetically Modified Salmon is about to Hit Your nearby Grocery Stores

Published:20 Feb, 2017     By: Salan Khalkho     2 min read

Experts on the subject matter of genetically modified foods say there is no reason people should be scared of eating gene-engineered food. As of today there is no credible evidence found that fish are a risk to either human health or the environment. Genetics and aquaculture professor from Purdue University, Dr. William Muir, said genetically modified salmon is safe alternative to wild salmon.


genetically modified salmon

FDA approves sales of genetically modified salmon in U.S. Moreover the companies don't even have to label the salmon as genetically modified, though they can voluntarily choose to label it, they don't have to, according to FDA.

While the decision was obviously long due, at least five years. It still is sure to stir up commotion among certain consumer's groups, especially those who want the companies to be forced to label GM foods. Many environmental groups are concerned that the modified fish will breed with wild fish.

AquAdvantage Salmon

Food and Drug Administration of U.S. has approved the application of AquaBounty Technologies for AquAdvantage Salmon, which is an Atlantic salmon that reaches market size more quickly than non-GM farm-raised Atlantic salmon. It took five years for the company AquaBounty Technologies to obtain FDA approval. According to federal regulator, AquAdvantage Salmon is genetically modified to grow faster and is safe for consumption and can be sold in the United States.

According to Bernadette Dunham, director of FDA's Centre for Veterinary Medicine, FDA has analyzed and evaluated thoroughly all the data and the information submitted by AquaBounty Technologies to ensure they have complied with all the regulatory requirements for the approval.

According to the approval by FDA, salmon cannot be grown in the U.S. AquAdvantage Salmon can be raised in land-based hatchery tanks in two specific facilities in Canada and Panama. FDA guidelines also mandates fisheries to take all due care in ensuring that modified salmon don't escape into the wild.

    Susan Mayne, the director of the FDA's Centre for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, said that FDA recognizes that some customers want to know whether food ingredients are derived from gene-engineered food. FDA has issued two guidance documents on how companies can voluntarily label their products and provide this information to consumers.

    eating gene-engineered food

    Experts on the subject matter of genetically modified foods say there is no reason people should be scared of eating gene-engineered food. As of today there is no credible evidence found that fish are a risk to either human health or the environment.

    Genetics and aquaculture professor from Purdue University, Dr. William Muir, said genetically modified salmon is safe alternative to wild salmon.

      wild caught salmon

      The present practice of using wild caught salmon as a food source is not a sustainable solution, neither from environmental perspective nor from the perspective of growing human population and decreasing land resources. Clearly our oceans are over fished.

      AquAdvantage Salmon will be the first genetically modified animal that will be approved to eat. People are already eating genetically modified corn, soybeans and potatoes.
      Important Note: Medical and health related information given in this article is not a substitute for professional medical advice. This article is intended for general informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor immediately. Always seek the advice of your doctor before starting or changing treatment.




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