Genetically Modified Salmon, Coming Soon to a Plate Near You

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If you’ve been following the conversation about genetically modified food, you’ll remember news that genetically modified salmon was in the first stage of development as far as five years ago. That fish, named AquaAdvantage Salmon, was officially approved for human consumption by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on November 18.

The FDA released a statement that the data indicated “that food from the GE salmon is safe to eat by humans and animal” and “that the genetic engineering is safe for the fish.” Environmental groups, like Friends of the Earth, question validity of the FDA’s assessment.

As of late, the dialog around genetically modified foods has centered around the labeling. The day following the announcement for genetically modified salmon, the FDA provided guidance on the voluntary labeling of food products and ingredients that do not contain bio-engineered foods.