On Dec. 21st, while you were enjoying the holidays, the FDA took steps toward approving the first ever genetically engineered (GE) animal to be released into our food supply, GE Salmon. This “frankenfish” contains the genes of foreign species including eel.
- It’s safety remains unproven.
- It will not be labeled so you won’t know you are eating it.
- It’s very possible that these GE fish will outcompete wild Salmon populations in a short period of time.
- The approval of these fish would open the floodgates to other unsafe genetically engineered animals into our food supply.
40 members of the U.S. Congress have repeatedly urged FDA to conduct more rigorous review of environmental and health safety, and halt any approval process until concerns over risks have been fully satisfied. The public filed nearly 400,000 comments demanding FDA reject this application, and the more than 300 environmental, consumer, health and animal welfare organizations, salmon and fishing groups and associations, food companies, chefs and restaurants filed joint statements with FDA opposing approval.
Let the FDA know you don’t support the approval of GE Salmon by making a comment on their site here. Attend a local rally on Sat., Feb 9th – Global day of action to protest GE Salmon. Write a letter to the editor of your local paper and forward this to your friends and family to make everyone aware of this issue. If we don’t do something now, our food may be altered forever.