Food & Water Watch (FWW) has warned that the US Food and Drug Administration(FDA) is about to approve a genetically engineered (GE) fish for human consumption, despite concern and opposition from environmental and consumer rights groups. The approval would allow the sale of this fish without requiring labelling stating that the fish was genetically modified.
“The FDA is doing everything in its power to give American consumers a terrible holiday gift by taking the final step toward approving genetically engineered salmon, the first GE food animal,” FWW’s Patty Lovera said in a written statement.
“Even after countless Americans have expressed their deep concerns about this frankenfish, the FDA has turned a deaf ear moving forward with this reckless approval,” Lovera said, All Voices reports.
FWW is urging that if the FDA approves the AquAdvantage Salmon, sold byAquaBounty Technologies, consumers should contact their representatives in Congress and urge them to block the approval.
On 20 December, the FDA released a draft assessment stating that AquaBounty’s application to farm and market GM salmon did not raise any “significant” concerns about possible environmental impacts. The draft assessment launches a 60-day public comment period, during which the FDA is also making available for comment its preliminary Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).
AquaBounty calls its AquAdvantage Salmon “an environmentally sustainable alternative to current farmed salmon.”