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Oregon set to ban GM salmon and mandate GMO labeling

All across the country, people are rising up and demanding that the foods they eat be properly identified and honestly labeled. And the constituency of the state of Oregon is no exception, where a trio of legislative bills recently introduced would require that all genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) be properly labeled, as well as prohibit the import and sale of GM salmon, the first transgenic animal to ever be preliminarily approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for human consumption.

AquAdvantage 'Frankenfish': FDA Could Approve Modified Salmon For Human Consumption

Genetically engineered salmon created in Canada are getting closer to becoming the first transgenic animal to make it onto a menu, after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found the fish will have no significant environmental impact.

Frankenfish Could Be Close to Approval!

On December 21, under cover of the holidays and hoping for as little media attention as possible, the FDA released an environmental assessment [2] (EA) of AquaBounty’s “AquAdvantage” transgenic salmon, which we dubbed “Frankenfish” [3] back in 2010). This assessment stated that the genetically engineered salmon would have “no significant impact” on the US environment—thus pushing the fish one step closer to approval.

Would you eat biotech fish? FDA approves genetically engineered salmon

After a few brief tests, GE salmon, meant to grow twice as fast as regular Atlantic salmon, was deemed safe both for the environment and for human consumption. The FDA added that it would take public comments for 60 days before finally deciding on whether or not to approve the salmon.