Aquabounty Wins Approval to Sell GMO salmon in Canada
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [News Analysis] by John Sackton May 20, 2016
The market for salmon in Canada is about the get much more complicated. Yesterday Health Canada announced approval of Aquabounty’s GMO salmon as the first genetically modified animal allowed for sale as a food product in Canada.
Aquabounty’s CEO Ron Stotish said that it would take about a year to bring product to market.
Health Canada said they would not require any labeling on GMO salmon.
Ruth Salmon, the executive director of the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance, said because labelling is not required, consumers who oppose the genetically modified fish won't know what they are buying.
"It's a concern about confusing the consumer, for sure, because I think labelling allows that kind of clarity. So we'll look at other ways of trying to create that consumer information because that's important to us. ”
The fundamental argument over genetically modified salmon is two-fold. First, the agencies, both Health Canada, and the FDA in the US, have a very narrow mandate to look only at health consequences that determine whether or not a food is safe...
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