US to decide whether genetically altered salmon is safe to consume
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US health officials are set to rule on whether a faster-growing, genetically engineered fish is safe to eat in a decision that could deliver the first altered animal food to consumers’ dinner plates. The fish, made by Aqua Bounty Technologies Inc, is manipulated to grow twice as fast as traditional Atlantic salmon, something the company says could boost the nation’s fish sector and reduce pressure on the environment. But consumer advocates and food safety experts are worried that splicing and dicing fish genes may have the opposite effect, leading to more industrial farming and potential escapes into the wild. Side effects from eating such fish are also unknown, with little data to show it is safe, they say.
US to decide whether genetically altered salmon is safe to consume. (2010, September 2). BusinessWorld, p. S1/3.
Genetically modified organisms; Fish; Consumers; Hormones; Biotechnology; Scientific personnel; Technology; Public health; Genetics; Biochemistry; Overfishing; Fish culture; Aqua Bounty Technologies Inc.; Center for Food Safety; Food and Drug Administration (FDA); Food & Water Watch; Hanson, Jaydee; Stotish, Ronald; Cufone, Marianne; United States
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