UPDATE: 19 September -
New Scientist: Transgenic fish swimming towards a plate near you
FDA advisors to vote (20 Sept)on genetically engineered salmon
It grows faster, eats less and has sparked intense debate about modifying animals for our food supply.By Andrew Zajac, Tribune Washington Bureau - September 18, 2010In a step that may move genetically engineered meat and fish closer to the American dinner table, an FDA advisory committee will vote Monday on whether to approve preliminary findings that a modified salmon is as safe as an ordinary salmon.
The vote is not binding on the FDA, but approval would lend powerful support for a final decision by the agency charged with protecting the nation's food and drug supplies. The fish, a North Atlantic salmon developed by AquaBounty Technologies Inc. would be the country's first genetically engineered food animal.
It grows to market size in half the time of other salmon and consumes 25 percent less feed in the process, according to the company, which is based in Waltham, Mass.
Another look at fish
Discerning the Difference: Organic vs. Natural
UPDATE: 1 September
September is Salmon Month
Smart Seafood Guide
Gulf Seafood Concerns
Fishing the Lummi Way
26 June, 2010: As a new type of farmed salmon is contemplated, this article raises a series of consumer concerns that may not be adequately addressed by the FDA and other agencies.
One overlooked issue in this article is the exclusion of known facts about health effects of farmed salmon, especially the elevation of cholesterol and risk of heavy metal and PCP exposure.
Farmed Salmon Information
The Food and Drug Administration is seriously considering whether to approve the first genetically engineered animal that people would eat — salmon that can grow at twice the normal rate.Why Files
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EWG information on carcinogenic PCBs in salmon