Genetically Engineered Salmon on the FDAs Table


This fall the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to decide on the first-ever genetically engineered (GE) nonplant food source for human consumptiona proposal by Massachusetts-based AquaBounty to sell sterile eggs of a salmon with genetic material from the Chinook salmon and the ocean pout inserted for fast growth. Growers who buy the eggs can raise market-size salmon in 1618 months instead of three years.1 But consumer groups have questioned what they call a secretive FDA process for evaluating foods developed from GE animals.


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