'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.


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Jim Ahl January 22, 2013 at 04:35 PM
No. I would not eat one and I don't want them swimming on the worlds oceans.
candace January 22, 2013 at 05:15 PM
I'll second the previous comment. It is one thing to produce it in a closed system and allow people to choose whether or not they wish to purchase and eat it. It is entirely another when there is no labeling to provide a choice. My bias is not to buy any fish that does not say "wild", (as opposed to farmed). It would just be a matter of time that a genetically modified fish would enter the open ocean and we doe not fully understand the implications of that scientifically.
Bonnie January 22, 2013 at 07:10 PM
We Californians voted against labeling of GMOs, very surprising to me!
Karin Meiswinkel January 23, 2013 at 03:00 AM
Just a harbinger of the nightmares at hand....let's keep cancer and other diseases comin' so the Big Pharms can keep making bucks off of our health. What a crock! Bet they'll never serve it in the White House....or the Senate....


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