WASHINGTON – As the world’s first sale of genetically engineered , the top food retailers across Canada and the U.S. have made public statements that they have no plans to sell the genetically engineered salmon.
Sobeys (TSX:SBY) is the latest and last of Canada’s national retailers to inform customers that it will not be selling the genetically engineered Atlantic salmon. Sobeys joins the two other top retailers Loblaw (L.TO) and Metro (MRU.TO); the three together represent over 50 percent of the Canadian food retail market. Overwaitea Food Group, along with regional retailers such as Federated Co-operatives Limited and Longo’s have also said they will not sell genetically engineered salmon.
“Now that some genetically engineered salmon is being sold in Canada unlabeled, it is vital that consumers have this information from their grocery stores,” said Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator of CBAN.
The Canadian stores join major North American chains Walmart (NYSE:WMT), Costco (NASDAQ:COST) and Whole Foods (WFM:US) as well as nearly 80 other U.S. retailers including Kroger (NYSE:KR), Trader Joe’s, Target (NYSE:TGT), and Aldi in making a commitment to not sell genetically engineered salmon.