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Deadline to stop the FDA from approving GMO salmon

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Tell the FDA:

"GMO salmon hasn't been proven safe and shouldn't be approved for human consumption. The risks to human health, to our ecosystem, and to the wild salmon population have not been sufficiently evaluated. I urge FDA to reject approval of genetically engineered salmon."

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    Deadline to stop the FDA from approving GMO salmon

    Any day now, the first genetically modified animal ever to enter our food supply, AquaBounty salmon, could be approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

    This fish hasn't been proven safe for humans. But the FDA may approve it based on a limited, flawed, and inadequate study — despite the fact that the same study identified elevated allergy-causing potential,1 and elevated levels of the IGF-1 growth hormone, which is linked to colon, prostate and breast cancers.

    That’s why we’re joining Senator Jeff Merkley in a last-ditch effort to demand the FDA reject approval of GMO salmon.

    Tell the FDA: Don't approve GMO salmon.

    AquaBounty's frankenfish is an Atlantic salmon, spliced with genes from an eel pout and growth hormone from a Chinook salmon. The result is a salmon that produces growth hormone year-round and grows twice as fast.

    Were GMO salmon to escape its farms into the wild, the fish would pose a serious risk to wild salmon populations. The GMO salmon consume five times more food than wild salmon, and are more aggressive. Introducing these traits into the wild population would be serious – and irreversible.2

    Separate from any risks, the GMO salmon are less healthy to eat – producing less of the beneficial omega-3 fatty acids than non-GMO salmon – and a less efficient food source – requiring 1.5 to 8 kilograms of wild fish to produce one kilogram of farmed salmon.

    Worse still, without GMO labeling, these frankenfish would be totally unlabeled in stores, and indistinguishable from other farmed salmon, so consumers will have no way of making an informed choice.

    Tell the FDA: Don't approve GMO salmon.

    Earlier this year, CREDO members submitted thousands of comments to the FDA during its comment period, which closed in April. And nearly 85,000 CREDO members have urged grocers to refuse to stock the fish.

    Once the approval is given, it will be nearly impossible to stop these fish from ending up in grocery stores. That’s why now is the best time for a last-ditch effort to pressure the FDA and demand it not approve GMO salmon.

    Thank you for standing up for safe food.

    1. Michael McCauley, "Consumers Union Says FDA Assessment of GE Salmon Is Flawed and Inadequate," Consumers Union, December 21, 12.
    2. "Tell the FDA: No Frankenfish," Organic Consumers Union.