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you are what you eat
« on: November 19, 2015, 06:59:34 PM »
By Kerry Sheridan
1 hour ago                                                                                              

<blockquote>Miami (AFP) - US regulators on Thursday approved a type of  genetically-
modified salmon as safe to eat, making it the first  transgenic animal
destined for American dinner tables.

The Food and Drug Administration's decision came  after years of
controversy over the fish, which is an Atlantic salmon  injected with a gene
from Pacific Chinook salmon to make it grow faster.

The  fish, called AquAdvantage Salmon, is made by AquaBounty
Technologies in  Massachusetts, and can reach adult size in 16 to 18
months instead of  30 months for normal Atlantic salmon.

"They have met the  regulatory requirements for approval, including that
food from the fish  is safe to eat," said Bernadette Dunham, director of the
FDA's Center  for Veterinary Medicine.

Regulators "determined that food from  AquAdvantage Salmon is as safe to
eat and as nutritious as food from  other non-GE Atlantic salmon and that
there are no biologically relevant  differences in the nutritional profile of
AquAdvantage Salmon compared  to that of other farm-raised Atlantic
salmon," the FDA said.

AquAdvantage Salmon may be raised only in land-based, contained
hatchery tanks in two specific facilities in Canada and Panama.

AquAdvantage Salmon may be raised only in land-based,
contained hatchery tanks

"The approval does not allow AquAdvantage Salmon to be bred
or raised in the United States," the agency added.

Some  consumer groups had opposed the fish, saying it could be dangerous
to  human health and pose risks to other fish if it were to escape
into the  environment.

However, the FDA noted that the AquAdvantage salmon  "are
reproductively sterile so that even in the highly unlikely event of  an
escape, they would be unable to interbreed or establish populations
 in the wild."

Those who sell the fish are NOT required to label it  as genetically
, because under US law, such additional labeling  can only
be required if there is a "material difference -- such as a  different
nutritional profile" between the genetically-modified product  and its
natural counterpart.

"In the case of the AquAdvantage Salmon, the FDA did not find
any such differences," it said.

The FDA did release recommendations for those who wish to voluntarily
label the salmon as genetically altered.

Alison Van Eenennaam, an animal geneticist at the University of California,
Davis, hailed the FDA decision as "long overdue."

"AquaBounty  has been attempting to get regulatory approval for the
AquAdvantage  salmon for almost two decades," said Van Eenennaam,
 who was a member of  advisory committee that looked at the AquaBounty
salmon for the FDA in  2010.

"Five years ago, FDA scientists determined that the food  from
AquAdvantage salmon was 'as safe as food from conventional salmon' 
and that the proposed physical, biological and genetic confinement of
 the fish in the highlands of Panama posed minimal environmental risk," 
she said.

According to William Muir, a professor of genetics at  Purdue University,
the decision is a "huge win-win for the environment,  consumers
and the process."

"There is no credible evidence that these fish are a risk to either human
health or the environment," he added.
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