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FDA Staff Recommends Approval Of GM Salmon For Human Consumption

September 6, 2010: 06:10 AM EST
FDA scientists have declared that genetically modified salmon produced by a Massachusetts company is safe to consume and poses no environmental threat. The controversial ruling seems to pave the way for the first government approval of a GM food product in the U.S. The company developed the AquAdvantage salmon by giving an Atlantic salmon a growth hormone from a Chinook salmon and a gene from the ocean pout that speeds up its growth rate. Consumer and environmental groups complained that the approval process is too secretive and expressed concern that the GM salmon could escape fish farms and threaten endangered wild salmon. FDA staff will present their findings on September 19 to an advisory panel that will also hear from the company, AquaBounty, and the public.
Lyndsey Layton, "FDA considers approving genetically modified salmon for human consumption", Washington Post, September 06, 2010, © Washington Post
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