Genetically modified salmon will be “identified” with a bar code 

It’s taken nearly three decades but Frankenfish is set to hit supermarket shelves anytime now.

The fish, which is the first animal to get approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, is an Atlantic salmon tweaked with genes from Chinook and an eel-like ocean pout. The faster growing fish can go from egg to 11 pounds in 18 months, 10 months faster than normal salmon.

Once the market normalizes after the Covid pandemic AquaBounty plans to produce nearly 3 million pounds annually at its Indiana facility, the company told Undercurrent News.

Another land-based farm is planned in the U.S. A smaller farm in Canada already is already selling the genetically modified salmon there.

Push back to the manmade fish has been fierce even before it was approved in 2015, and it has steadily increased. Numerous polls over the year’s show consumers don’t want it.

Last week, major foodservice supplier Aramark said it will boycott the gene-tampered fish, joining the ranks of Compass Group and Sodexo.

Also, more than 80 retailers have said they won’t sell manmade salmon, including Costco, Walmart, Target, Albertsons, Kroger and Whole Foods.

Seafood Auction

 In a law signed on December 27, 2020 Senator Lisa Murkowski secured language requiring the term “genetically engineered” be included in the market name of any GE animal approved for human consumption by the FDA. 

The U.S. green light on genetically engineered salmon has opened the door for other creatures.

At least 35 other species of fish— as well as chickens, pigs and cows engineered to fit in factory farming systems — are currently under development.

 

 

 

 

Comments

comments