ALASKA worried FDA’s GM salmon approval “would undermine consumer confidence in all salmon products” 

Written By:  Bertrand Charron
Category:  Science & Society
Date Posted:  1/9/2012 8:29 AM
  ALASKA worried FDA’s GM salmon approval “would undermine consumer confidence in all salmon products”

  Alaska's Governor, Sean Parnell, again expressed his strong concerns regarding AquaBounty’s application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market genetically engineered/modified [GE/GM] salmon. This fish would be the first food from a transgenic animal application approved by the FDA. “Due to the significant potential threats genetically engineered salmon pose to the environment, consumer health, and the wild seafood industry, we have urged the United States Food and Drug Administration to withhold approval of this application,” Governor Parnell said. “Furthermore, we question whether the application has received sufficient scientific and public scrutiny, and are troubled by the lack of transparency that has marked the review process.” In a letter to the chairman and ranking member of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard which held a hearing December 15th on the environmental risks of genetically engineered fish, Governor Parnell outlined numerous potential threats genetically engineered seafood pose. “[...] Allowing a company to sell a [GE] engineered product that has not beeen the subject of sufficient long-term testing would undermine consumer confidence in all salmon products as well as the health benefits of salmon consumption.” [...] “[GE] salmon could also erod the strength of the wild seafood industry, especially if appropriate labeling is not mandated. For Alaska, the results could be devastating [...]”. Governor Parnell's letter can be read in full here. Read also more GM salmon news.

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