Transgenic salmon prove tough to tackle

| January 25, 2013 |

The following is an excerpt.

On January 9, the Clatsop County, Oregon Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution asking theFDA to reject an application from the Maynard, Massachusetts-based company, AquaBounty Technologies, for marketing approval of its genetically-engineered AquAdvantage® salmon.

The Board expressed fears that approval of the AquAdvantage salmon could eventually result in genetically-modified salmon being allowed in ocean-based fish farms, where escape and disease are common. It also notes that the FDA would likely require no labeling to identify the product as genetically altered, which could lead consumers leery of modified foods to avoid all salmon, a significant concern in a county where salmon fishing forms a significant part of the local economy.

Read the full article here: Transgenic Salmon Prove Tough to Tackle