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Seeking Full Review of GE Salmon Environmental Risks

Case Number # 2162

Earthjustice, Friends of the Earth, Center for Food Safety, and Food & Water Watch will join nearly 1.5 million people who have raised vehement objections, based on science, policy and law, to a proposal before the Food and Drug Administration to approve genetically engineered salmon, the first-ever GE animal intended for human consumption.

Two salmon of the same age. The larger salmon has been genetically engineered to grow twice as fast as normal salmon. (AquaBounty)
Two salmon of the same age. The larger salmon has been genetically engineered to grow twice as fast as normal salmon. (AquaBounty)

Documents disclosed through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request raise serious questions about the adequacy of the FDA’s review of the AquAdvantage Salmon application. Among other things, while the FDA has refused to look at the environmental impacts of these GE fish beyond the Canadian and Panamanian facilities proposed in the application, it appears that U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has already received requests to import AquAdvantage Salmon eggs into the U.S. for commercial production.

The information further reveals that scientists within the Fish and Wildlife Service questioned the FDA’s ability and authority to review the impact of genetically engineered animals, and agreed with prominent experts that a full Environmental Impact Statement must be conducted before any decision on approval is finalized.

On the Friday before Christmas in 2012, the FDA released its controversial Environmental Assessment, the last step before possible approval of the AquAdvantage transgenic salmon engineered by AquaBounty Technologies. When FDA first announced its intent to approve AquaBounty’s application in the fall of 2010, the public sent more than 400,000 comments in opposition. Now that opposition has grown to nearly 1.5 million people.

Press Releases

Thursday, April 25, 2013
Previously undisclosed documents reveal requests by many companies seeking government approval to grow controversial salmon in U.S.
Friday, December 21, 2012
Frankenfish could threaten wild salmon stocks
Monday, June 4, 2012
Public remains in the dark another year as the federal government considers approving genetically engineered salmon
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
FDA poised to take action on the first-ever application to market a genetically engineered salmon without adequate consideration of environmental risks and public input
Monday, November 8, 2010
FDA considering approval of first genetically engineered animal for human consumption despite inadequate environmental review