Coming Soon to a Supermarket Near You
…if AquaBounty Technologies gets its way.
They’ve developed a genetically modified salmon that grows at twice the normal rate, thanks to artificial changes to the genes regulating release of growth hormone.
So-called safety testing was done by the company that developed the GM fish. The FDA will review that company’s data but not attempt to replicate the research as they consider whether or not to approve sale of the GM “AquAdvantage” salmon for human consumption. (Washington Post article. NPR story.)
If approved, the GM salmon likely will not require labeling as such. Presumably, it will still need to be labeled as farmed, rather than wild…
…but we all see what GM canola and alfalfa are doing to their wild/unaltered neighbors…
How long before this technology escapes? And then what?
I’m looking for ways members of the public can influence the FDA’s decision, and will add suggestions to this post if I find any. In the meantime, please spread the word and share your protest ideas (or disagreement with my point of view, if you like) in the comments.
ETA: Okay, here you go — FDA Public Hearing Notice. Hearings are to be held September 19-21 (but don’t wait; I know from experience that public hearing dates can and do change). The best email address I’ve found so far for written comment is firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m still on hold at 888-723-3366 in an attempt to obtain better contact information.
Through November 22, written comment regarding the labeling of AquAdvantage GM salmon may be submitted at http://www.regulations.gov or the Division of Dockets Management, Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. Be sure to cite Docket No: FDA-2010 -N-0385.
(Comments regarding labeling? Submit by November 22? Gee, it almost sounds like they’ve already decided to approve the GM fish, even though the public hearing won’t be held for over a week. Imagine that.)