Source: Natural News
FDA panel says not enough evidence to verify safety of genetically modified salmon.
Following a review from a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel this past weekend, AquaBounty Technologies, a Mass.-based biotechnology company, has been denied approval for its genetically modified (GM) salmon “AquAdvantage” that grows twice as fast as natural salmon. The FDA panel said the available data on the fish is insufficient to prove it is safe, and that the decision will have to be made at a later date.
The announcement contrasts an earlier one from the FDA indicating that the “Frankenfish” is safe. It appeared that the FDA was poised to approve the fish, but backlash from farmers, consumer advocates and even ordinary citizens, who packed the hearing room on Monday to vehemently oppose the fish’s approval, seems to have changed the FDA’s mind — at least temporarily.
“The FDA is relying on company data from only a handful of fish,” explained Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food and Water Watch, an outspoken opponent of the GM fish. “Such flimsy science isn’t good enough to assure the public that this product is safe to eat.”
According to an ABC News report, the hearing lasted eight hours, and AquaBounty’s CEO Ron Stotish said an “enormous” amount of data was presented....Continue ReadingLeave a Comment