U.S. company applies to Ottawa to sell genetically modified fish for you to eat

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HALIFAX - A U.S. company hoping to produce genetically modified salmon eggs in Canada has also applied to the federal government to sell its fish for human consumption.

The announcement by Boston-based AquaBounty Technologies is contained in a financial statement released last Thursday.

The company isn't commenting, but officials at Health Canada confirm in an email that it is reviewing the safety of AquaBounty's genetically modified salmon as a food source.

AquaBounty is also waiting for approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration before the fish and eggs are available for sale.

The company received approval from Environment Canada in November for the production of Atlantic salmon fish eggs at its hatchery in Prince Edward Island.

Organizations: AquaBounty Technologies, Health Canada, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Environment Canada

Geographic location: U.S., Ottawa, HALIFAX Canada Atlantic Prince Edward Island

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  • Annie-Girl
    March 11, 2014 - 12:32

    Why the modification? What's the advantage? What's the risk? Until tests are run ad nauseum, and conclude indisputably that this is safe, I think I'll stick with genetically unmodified food sources, thank you.