TAKE ACTION: Tell the FDA: No Frankenfish!
Do you really want a mutant, likely allergenic salmon on your dinner plate that was approved by the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine as a "new animal drug"?
Last week the FDA cleared the way for approval of the first genetically engineered animal for human consumption – a GMO salmon gene-spliced with an eel – despite mounting concerns that it’s likely hazardous for humans and poses a threat to the wild salmon population.
Scary enough. But get this. The FDA considers any genetically altered animal a ‘€œnew animal drug’€ for approval purposes. That means the genetically modified animal ‘€“ in this case a salmon intended as food for humans ‘€“ is subjected to a less rigorous safety review than if it were classified as a food (for humans) additive.
Shameless. And there are plenty of other reasons to stop this dangerous experiment. The FDA’€™s own testing revealed that ‘€œFrankenfish’€ causes increased allergy risk in humans. ‘€œFrankenfish’€ grows twice as large, twice as fast as the average wild salmon. If it escapes into the wild, it could threaten the entire wild salmon population.
And, of course, there are no laws in the U.S. requiring ‘€œFrankenfish’€ to be labeled.
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Read the FDA’€™s Environmental Assessment