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FDA Approves First Genetically Engineered Animal For Food

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A new kind of salmon could be hitting store shelves soon, it grows faster than other salmon. It's also the first approval from the FDA on a genetically engineered animal intended for food.

On November 19, the FDA announced its approval of AquaBounty Technologies' application for a GE salmon.

Bernadette Dunham, D.V.M., Ph.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine says, “The FDA has thoroughly analyzed and evaluated the data and information submitted by AquaBounty Technologies regarding AquAdvantage Salmon and determined that they have met the regulatory requirements for approval, including that food from the fish is safe to eat."

The FDA says there are no biologically relevant differences in the nutritional profile of the AquAdvantage salmon. There are some requirements; however, they only can be raised in land-based, contained hatchery tanks, and those are only found in two specific facilities in Canada and Panama.
The FDA will have oversight of the production and facilities, measures to prevent escape of fish and eggs are in place, and all the fish are reproductively sterile.
The agency is opening 60 days of public comment starting November 23 on volunteer labeling for the fish.
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