FDA Approves Controversial GMO Salmon For Import

by | Mar 12, 2019 | Headline News | 15 comments

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    The United States Food and Drug Administration has decided that their previous ban on genetically modified salmon can be lifted.  In 2016, Congress said the salmon could not be sold in the United States until the FDA finalized labeling guidelines to inform consumers the product was genetically engineered. That’s when the FDA implemented the import alert.

    But all that has changed now. In 2015, the FDA deemed the AquaAdvantage Salmon safe, marking the first U.S. approval of a genetically engineered animal intended for food.  But the 2016 import alert prevented the salmon from being sold in the U.S…until now.

    According to CNN,  Congress passed a law directing the U.S. Department of Agriculture to set a national mandatory standard for disclosing bioengineered foods. That standard was issued last December.

    FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said because of the 2016 law and the USDA’s new standard, the FDA “no longer has the authority to issue labeling guidance,” CNN reported. “However, the FDA believes this Congressional mandate has been satisfied by the USDA’s issuance of final regulations implementing that law in late 2018 because the law and regulations require that human food containing GE [genetically engineered] salmon bear labeling indicating that it is bioengineered,” Gottlieb said in a statement.

    This will allow for the importation of genetically modified salmon eggs into the U.S. to be raised for human consumption.

    For some, GMO, when used for food, is a blessing.  The ability to feed many more people than possible with strictly organically raised animals. Many feel that in order to sustain the constantly burgeoning population, GMO foods are a necessity. But for others, the health risks and long term unknown consequences are a curse.

    Many claim GMO foods are safe, however, most of the research used to claim that GMOs are safe has been performed by biotechnology companies – those who stand to profit from proclaiming GMOs as “safe.” Still, “several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with genetically modified (GM) food (AAEM 2009),” including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system.

    Will you be trying some GMO salmon?


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      1. I may be the only one that clicked the links to responsibility.org…. but maybe we all should. If all the research results presented there are true…. this GMO business is awfully worrisome. I agree we need more food…. somehow… to feed everyone; but, after reading the data, I cannot support GMOs until some serious study goes into this idea. The bottom line should not be a financial bottom line for some company.

      2. I’m hoping someone in the Keys will give us the scoop on genetically modified mosquitoes released there.
        Is Oxitec talking BS or was it a success?

      3. No, I won’t be trying any GMO Salmon. I’ve seen pictures of research mice and rats with tumors and dementia from GMO food. I eat wild caught salmon, only and give wild meat and wild fish to the dog.


      4. Lab rat’s are raised in sterile environments and are the offspring of rat’s that were raised in sterile environments.
        If you sneeze on them …they die.

        • Tons of info on GMO garbage at naturalnews dot com…

      5. The lid on Pandora’s box is being opened more and more…… And GMO’s don’t produce more food like the article says, that is pure bologna, I know this because my brother and dad were big farmers and GMO crops did not out produce conventional. Just another lie made up by the producers of GMO seed companies.

        • Redwinger, Those producers would be the Monsanto Crime Family.

      6. Not no, but HE!! NO.

        And, why do they need to do this? what is wrong with the normal salmon?

      7. Yum,Yum,
        Now the GMO salmon farm-raised in the Pacific ocean can be both genetically modified as well as contaminated with Japanese nuclear radiation.

      8. Simple solution to this.
        Just don’t buy ANY salmon. Just assume that all salmon is GMO’ed

      9. The Pacific Salmon business is suffering like everybody else since the Fukushima event. Seafood off the menu as big nuke and big oil continuing poisoning the environment without constraint as unchallengable. As far as farm raised fish and seafood..gag me with a spoon.

        • Yep, I quit eating seafood since fuckishima and the corexit ordeal. If you got land build a pond and raise catfish, they are tough as nails and grow fast!

      10. They are modifying the fish to procreate faster and fight the pollution that is spewing into the biosphere. Don’t be surprised when your salmon looks like a crab in 2040. They will tell you it’s normal.

      11. Many conservatives defend GMO food. Or used too. They also strongly resest GMO and mom GMO labeling. Don’t really know what to believe anymore.

      12. I believe in letting the market decide. Label and find out if consumers want GMO or not.

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