Canadian ’Frankenfish’ moves closer to FDA approval for human consumption

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Genetically engineered salmon created in Canada are getting closer to becoming the first transgenic animal to be approved for human consumption after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found the fish have no significant environmental impact.

The FDA published its draft environmental assessment last month — one of the final steps in what has been a 17-year regulatory process.

The AquAdvantage salmon developed at Memorial University and the University of Toronto consists of an Atlantic salmon egg that includes genes from Chinook salmon and an eel-like fish called the ocean pout.

AquaBounty Technologies is the Massachussetts-based company that produces the GM salmon eggs at a farm in Prince Edward Island and rears the fish at a fish farm in Panama.

The company says the modification means the salmon grow twice as fast as conventional fish.

Critics fear the so-called Frankenfish could escape their inland fish farms and affect wild populations, and they tried unsuccessfully to have Congress derail the FDA process.

The U.S. FDA has already found the AquAdvantage salmon are safe to eat.

Organizations: U.S. FDA, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, University of Toronto

Geographic location: Canada, Prince Edward Island

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  • Kevin Power
    January 05, 2013 - 10:32

    People are playing with mother nature. A safe to eat approval from US FDA doesn't mean much to me. How many other products have they approved only to find afterwards that there were significant issues with their product endorsement. Poor plan in my opinion.

  • Fact Checker
    January 05, 2013 - 07:06

    I have no concerns about eating GM foods. They need to be controled. We should not pay God.

    • Joe
      January 05, 2013 - 19:14

      Hmmmm... FACT CHECKER has no spell check... interesting...

  • Scott Winsor
    January 04, 2013 - 23:30

    Awesome news. There has been lots of hard work done on the project by Newfoundlanders. Cheers to all involved.