Genetically engineered salmon is fit for consumption, says FDA

Genetically engineered salmon is fit for consumption, says FDA

You may find it strange, but it is true that a genetically engineered salmon has received permission from the Food and Drug Administration to be fit for consumption. It has now become the first genetically altered animal to be available in American supermarkets. However, it was a tough battle for AquaBounty Technologies to get the nod.

AquaBounty Technologies has first asked the FDA in the 1990s. More than five years ago, the agency said that the fish would be safe for consumption as well as would cause no harm to the environment.

But the decision has been opposed by some consumer and environmental groups. They have termed the safety studies as inappropriate. They have also affirmed that wild salmon population would be affected if this genetically engineered salmon escapes into the oceans and rivers.

After few hours of the agency’s decision, he Center for Food Safety, a consumer advocacy group, said that it along with other organizations will file a case and will challenge the decision. The AquAdvantage salmon is an Atlantic salmon.

It has been genetically engineered, so that it can grow faster than a normal salmon. Bernadette Dunham, director of the agency’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, was of the view, “The F.D.A. has thoroughly analyzed and evaluated the data and information submitted by AquaBounty regarding the AquAdvantage salmon and determined that they have met the regulatory requirements for approval, including that food from the fish is safe to eat”.

The FDA said that it took them so long as it was one of a kind approval. It would not be required to label the salmon as genetically engineered, said the FDA.