GE Salmon: Coming To a Plate Near You?

By: Just Label It
Posted on February 15, 2013

GE salmon

Salmon with a dash of eel-like creature…on your dinner plate? 

A fish with this genetically engineered make-up may soon hit grocery store shelves.*  

On December 21, 2012
, the Food and Drug Administration released an Environmental Assessment with a “Finding of No Significant Impact” on the controversial AquaBounty AquaAdvantage transgenic salmon. The FDA action is widely viewed as confirmation that GE salmon is on the fast track for approval, in the face of widespread public outcry.

This decision would mean that the first genetically engineered animal, intended for human consumptionwould be in our grocery stores. It’s clear that the FDA is intent on expanding the number – and types – of genetically engineered foods we eat. But without labels, we can’t make informed decisions, and it’s now more important than ever that we have that ability.

Luckily, the FDA is legally required to consider public opinion, and has decided to open a comment period - they need to hear your voice before the comment period ends April 26th.

Click here to tell the FDA to label and fully review GE salmon!


Why the concern? 
These salmon are genetically engineered to produce growth hormones year-round to make the fish grow at twice its natural rate.2  Despite this new technology, there have been no long-term studies on the safety of eating genetically engineered salmon, nor has the environmental or economic impact of this salmon been adequately evaluated.

Most importantly, while the USDA requires labels to let consumers know whether fish is wild-caught or farm-raised – these salmon will enter the marketplace unlabeled as genetically engineered.

What’s the bottom line? 
The introduction of genetically engineered salmon into our food supply is moving forward without the right questions being asked, and without proper labeling.

You have the right to know what you are eating. Tell the FDA, before the April 26th deadline, that you want GE salmon to be labeled and fully reviewed.

Take action and tell the FDA to label and fully review GE salmon!

*Aquabounty’s genetically engineered salmon combines DNA from Atlantic salmon, Chinook salmon, and ocean pout (an eel-like creature).