The FDA has been getting an earful lately from consumers demanding it reject AquaBounty Technologies Inc.’s AquAdvantage salmon – the first food from a genetically engineered animal. Among those who have spoken out are the nearly 70,000 people who have already signed the OCA’s ‘Stop Frankenfish’ petition. Thank you! We need to keep pressuring the FDA. But we need to pressure food retailers, too, in case the FDA approves frankenfish over our protests.
We contacted 17 national and regional food retail chains to find out if they would stock genetically engineered (GE) salmon if the FDA approves it. We heard back from only seven of them. The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. (A&P) gave us a non-response. Safeway told us they don’t carry any products containing GMOs, though we know they do. Aldi answered a question ‘ but it wasn’t the question we asked. Publix gave us a wishy-washy ‘we have no plans at this time to carry GE salmon.’ IGA equivocated, saying that all its stores are locally owned and operated, and make their own buying decisions. Only two retailers – Whole Foods Market and Target – said definitively that they would NOT carry GE salmon.
The FDA has not adequately tested GE salmon to determine whether or not it is safe for human consumption. Scientists warn that it appears to be likely allergenic. And that’s just one of the reasons we don’t want it in our grocery stores.
TAKE ACTION! Tell your food retailer you won’t shop in their stores if they sell AquaBounty Technologies Inc.’s genetically engineered Salmon!
Join the Frankenfish Global Day of Action ‘ Feb 9!
Activists are gearing up for a Feb. 9 Global Day of Action to stop FDA approval of AquaBounty Technologies Inc.’s genetically engineered salmon. A coalition of anti-GMO organizations, including LabelGMOs and GMOFreeUSA, is urging people to organize rallies and honk-and-waves, go door-to-door with flyers, and leaflet in front of grocery stores. Of course, a Global Day of Action is only as powerful as the people who get out there in the streets to make it happen. You can help by joining thousands who plan to call the FDA on Friday, Feb. 1, and by planning your own Stop Frankenfish rally or other action.