Monday, September 6, 2010

CFS Action Alert: FDA Looks To Approve Genetically Engineered Salmon

An Action Alert (see link below) from the NCGA (National Cooperative Grocers Association) informs us that on Sept.19th the FDA will rule on weather or not to allow genetically engineered salmon to be farmed for food in the U.S. 

There is no public comment period.  This hearing is the last meeting to determine if the gmo fish will be approved.  There are no long-term studies, and a chance for severe environmental impact.  Please take action and tell the FDA what you think.  There is contact info at the end of the story linked below.

September 1, 2010 - Action Alert from the Center for Food Safety
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on August 25, 2010 that it will potentially approve the long-shelved AquAdvantage transgenic salmon as the first genetically engineered (GE) animal intended for human consumption. The GE Atlantic salmon being considered was developed by AquaBounty Technologies, and genetically engineered to produce growth hormones year-round, creating a fish the company claims grows at twice the normal rate. This could allow factory fish farms to crowd the salmon into pens and still get high production rates.

Please note: CFS is asking consumrs to take action now! The hearing for approving the salmon is scheduled for Sunday, September 19, and no public comment period has been established for the approval of genetically engineered fish outside of this meeting, so this may be the only chance to oppose this approval! Only a public comment period on labeling of the GE fish has been opened.
Find additional details in the action alert from the Center for Food Safety