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Ready to eat: the first GM fish for the dinner table

Posted By admin On December 24, 2012 @ 6:36 am In Sci Tech | Comments Disabled

STEVE CONNOR
London Independent [1]
December 24, 2012

A GM salmon which grows twice as fast as ordinary fish could become the first genetically-modified animal in the world to be declared officially safe to eat, after America’s powerful food-safety watchdog ruled it posed no major health or environmental risks.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it could not find any valid scientific reasons to ban the production of GM Atlantic salmon engineered with extra genes from two other fish species – a decision that could soon lead to its commercial production.

The verdict clears one of the last remaining hurdles for GM salmon to be lawfully sold and eaten in the US and will put pressure on salmon producers in Britain and Europe to follow suit.

Successive chief scientists to the UK Government, as well as science institutions such as the Royal Society, have endorsed the concept of GM technology as a tool for increasing food production in the 21st Century, but consumer opposition has so far blocked the approval of GM food for the dinner table.

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[1] London Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/ready-to-eat-the-first-gm-fish-for-the-dinner-table-8430639.html

[2] Genetically Altered Salmon Get Closer to the Table: http://www.prisonplanet.com/genetically-altered-salmon-get-closer-to-the-table.html

[3] GM food battle moves to fish as super-salmon nears US approval: http://www.prisonplanet.com/gm-food-battle-moves-to-fish-as-super-salmon-nears-us-approval.html

[4] FDA may permit sales of genetically modified salmon in US: http://www.prisonplanet.com/fda-may-permit-sales-of-genetically-modified-salmon-in-us.html

[5] Tell the FDA ‘NO!’ to GMO fish: http://www.prisonplanet.com/tell-the-fda-no-to-gmo-fish.html

[6] Mercury, PCBs widespread in sport fish along California’s urban coastline, survey finds: http://www.prisonplanet.com/mercury-pcbs-widespread-in-sport-fish-along-californias-urban-coastline-survey-finds.html

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