NEWS COMMENTARY

FDA lifts import alert on GE salmon, clears way for AquaBounty

Published:
March 14, 2019
Coverage:
Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...
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Policy
by Sara Olson
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The U.S. FDA had already approved the fast-growing AquAdvantage salmon for human consumption in a 2015 ruling. However, an import ban kept AquaBounty and parent company Intrexon from importing eggs of its modified salmon variety from where they are produced in Canada to the company's contained production facility in the U.S. This new decision paves the way for AquAdvantage to be commercially available in short order, as the U.S. facility was online as of the end of 2018. In an era of intense price pressure on farmed fish, including salmon, a variety that converts feed to biomass more efficiently and rapidly will be a key advantage for any producer. Despite the consumer preference risk associated with GM foods, clients must engage.

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