Campaigners Start Nationwide Push to Prevent GE Salmon from Entering US Food System

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Thousands of activists across the U.S. are campaigning against genetically engineered salmon from entering the country's rivers and oceans and keeping it off grocer's shelves through a large mobilization effort this week.

Food and environmental campaigners have honed in on Costco Wholesale Corporation pressuring them to join the already 60 retail and grocery giants who pledged not to sell the GE fish even if it's approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to Common Dreams. While Target, Safeway and Kroger took the pledge back in June, Costco has yet to make any promises.

The mobilization includes more than two million people who have "expressed their opposition [of] the [possible] approval to the FDA over threats to human and environmental health," according to Common Dreams.

While the FDA is still considering its approval, if approved, the fish would be the first GE animal to enter the U.S. food supply.

The Center for Food Safety (CFS) is concerned about the risks that GE salmon will pose to human and environmental health. A recent study concluded that GE salmon "have a higher susceptibility to disease-causing bacteria, indicating unique animal health concerns in this genetically engineered fish," according to a summary from CFS.

Costco has yet to hear the last of activists' and scientists' concerns. So will the warehouse chain continue to hold out or will the corporation take the pledge and keep GE salmon off its shelves?

 


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