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'Frankenfish' Salmon Moves Closer to FDA Approval

The federal agency says the fish are safe for people and the environment, but critics remain skeptical. Would you eat it?

Genetically modified salmon could soon be making its way to your dinner plate if the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) grants final approval to a proposal from a Massachusetts bio tech firm.

The fish, dubbed "Frankenfish" by its critics, is Atlantic salmon that has been modified with a growth hormone from Pacific chinook salmon and a gene from an eel-like fish known as ocean pout. The modifications result in a fish that matures twice as fast as regular Atlantic salmon.

The FDA has already determined the fish, created by AquaBounty Technologies, poses no health or environmental risk, according to various media reports. The proposal is now under a 60-day period of public review—the final hurdle to FDA approval.

The genetically modified fish tastes like regular salmon, meaning consumers probably will not be able to tell the difference—and ABC News reports the FDA is unlikely to require special labeling for the fish.

Meanwhile, Washington is one of several states with pending initiatives on required labeling for GMOs—genetically modified organisms. Initiative 522 would require any food sold in Washington state and made with genetically engineered crops to be labeled.

Would you be comfortable eating genetically modified salmon? Tell us in the comments section.

Don January 22, 2013 at 10:54 PM
Not likely. I've spent 30 years in aerospace. Besides, who from Monsanto would read this rag?
JC January 23, 2013 at 10:22 PM
Don't believe Don! Read the following article, it's over 100 pages of scientifically based information against GMOs: GMO Myths and Truths: An evidence-based examination of the claims made for the safety and efficacy of genetically modified crops (large link to the pdf document follows) - http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&ved=0CDoQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fearthopensource.org%2Ffiles%2Fpdfs%2FGMO_Myths_and_Truths%2FGMO_Myths_and_Truths_1.3.pdf&ei=P1oAUY-MJOmKiAKyzoC4Aw&usg=AFQjCNGwSsL_8S1ClWU9i8DdOLcyuhSz6Q&sig2=Is43FH6CoJxAD3iI5lDAjQ&bvm=bv.41248874,d.cGE
None January 24, 2013 at 03:48 AM
If any of you think taking anything into your body that was produced in a lab or a factory, think about how many folks have injected insulin into their bodies? How many take an aspirin or any other medications? Think about a filling without a shot of something to relieve the pain! Our society is taking all kinds of substances into their bodies and as I read the articles in the paper, people are living longer that at any time in history. If that is so, where is the problem? Ever look at the little round watermelons in the grocery store? Nothing natural there!
El Capitan January 24, 2013 at 05:44 AM
I got just the right nutrition for all of y'all, needs no lable, pictures worth a thousand words.
Emil Medellin February 12, 2013 at 04:14 PM
This is the right approach - only you have to tell the marketers, distributors, & sellers you REFUSE to keep them viable if they push genetically engineered (GE) food products. Tell friends, family, & perfect strangers to do the same. As to the, "Where's the evidence?" argument made by proponents of GE foods - remember: cigarettes, DDT, mercury, & radioactive isotopes (think 2 x Nobel Prize winner Marie Curie) were all "perfectly harmless" according to TOP scientists & doctors at one point in time - that is, until they found out differently. As the axiom goes, "Absence of evidence, is evidence of absence.".

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