‘Frankenfish’ Wins Approval as First Genetically Altered Animal

Bloombeg Business – November 19, 2015

MonsterMashA genetically engineered animal for human consumption was approved by U.S. regulators for the first time, allowing AquaBounty Technologies Inc. to begin marketing its faster-growing salmon — a creation critics have dubbed “Frankenfish.”

The Food and Drug Administration cleared AquAdvantage Salmon, which has added genes that allows the fish to more quickly expand to produce more flesh. It’s a victory for AquaBounty after a two-decade struggle to be able to sell the animal to farmers.

The FDA “determined that they have met the regulatory requirements for approval, including that food from the fish is safe to eat,” said Bernadette Dunham, director of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine. Shares of Intrexon Corp., which holds a 58 percent stake in AquaBounty, rose 4.5 percent to $36.88 at 3:15 p.m. in New York.

 The decision is also part of an effort by the FDA to adapt to the rapidly changing world of genetically modified food. The agency also released guidelines Thursday for food companies that want to label their plant-derived products either as genetically engineered or as containing no genetically engineered ingredients. Food manufacturers aren’t required to label their products with the information but can do so voluntarily.
. . . . . . Consumer groups, including Consumers Union and Food & Water Watch, have pushed for labeling of genetically modified foods, which they don’t agree has been proven safe. . . . .
. . . . . The FDA won’t require food made with the genetically engineered salmon to be labeled. If consumers want to avoid it, they can choose wild-caught salmon . . . . 

Kroger Co. and Safeway Inc. have both said they wouldn’t sell genetically engineered salmon





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