After no small quantity of research and testing, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has ruled that genetically modified salmon are safe to be consumed by human.
And so the long running debate on the general safety of genetically modified foods rises to a new level.
The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.
Here is a reaction to the FDA announcement by Oregon U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley:
“The United States has never approved a genetically-modified animal for human consumption before, and for good reason. Many Americans are troubled by how many of our crops are now genetically engineered, and are even more deeply troubled by the idea of bringing this new technology into the animal kingdom. Our fishing communities are very worried that if these ‘Frankenfish’ end up in the wild, growing twice as fast as our native salmon, they will devastate our ocean ecosystem. It’s outrageous that the FDA would approve this product, and even moreso that they wouldn’t at least make sure consumers have the right to know when a salmon they buy actually contains the DNA of an eel-like bottom dweller.”