Genetically Engineered Salmon to Reach Market, but Not Without a Label Fight

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While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has yet to approve a "Frankenfish," the genetically engineered salmon is creeping into grocery stores and restaurants across the nation.

AquAdvantage, a genetically engineered salmon created by AquaBounty Technologies, is set to "reach" the market in 18 months. But the GMO salmon is posing a threat on the Alaskan wild salmon industry and, if approved, it will enter the market without a label.

Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, introduced a new bill, HR 393, that would "require labels on genetically engineered fish sold in U.S. grocery stores and restaurants." AquAdvantage, which was originally slated to enter the market three years from now, will soon be accessible to consumers across the U.S.

But without adequate testing for the "potential impact on human health" and the environment, many activists are teaming up with Young in an effort to pressure the FDA to require the labeling of this genetically engineered fish. And activists are calling upon U.S. citizens to take action and "ask your representative to support HR 393, a bill to require labels on genetically engineered fish sold to consumers in the U.S."

Here are 10 freaky facts about AquAdvantage.


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