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Stop the Approval of Genetically Engineered Salmon
  • Petitioned Margaret Hamburg

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FDA Commissioner
Margaret Hamburg
President of the United States
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives

Stop the Approval of Genetically Engineered Salmon

    1. Petition by

      Campaign for Safe Food

Genetically engineered salmon are on a fast track to being the first genetically engineered animal approved for human consumption.

On Dec 21, 2012, the FDA released an official Environmental Assessment on genetically engineered AquAdvantage salmon (made by AquaBounty Technologies, Inc.), indicating that they are prepared to approve the first genetically engineered animal intended for human consumption. The salmon is a combination of Atlantic Salmon, Chinook, and Ocean Eel Pout.

The FDA research on AquAdvantage salmon shows that it is more disease-prone than non-GE Atlantic Salmon, increasing the likelihood that sick fish would infect native fish populations. At the Canadian production site, the salmon were infected with a new strain of infectious Salmon Anaemia, a deadly fish flu which has been devastating fish stocks around the world. This information was released independently by the Canadian government and was not included in the FDA assessment. 

There are additional problems with AquAdvantage salmon in the FDA research. First, the fish were shown to be up to 40% more likely to cause an allergic reaction in humans. Additionally, 5% of the fish presented as fertile - the FDA is partially basing their approval on the fish all being sterile females. If these fertile fish escape, they could outcompete wild salmon and cause severe ecological damage.

Even worse, consumers won't be abe to choose whether or not to purchase GE salmon because there is no labeling requirement.

The FDA has opened a 60 day comment period on the approval of the AquAdvantage salmon ending Feb 25, 2013 (Docket No. FDA–2011-N-0899). All signatures collected by this effort will be uploaded to the FDA website on that date.

Update: The FDA has extended the comment period to April 26, 2013. Email your friends and family today and ask them to sign now!

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 4,000 signatures
    2. Comment period extended!

      The FDA has extended the comment period an additional 60 days to April 26, 2013. This means we have more time to gather signatures and potentially shut down approval of engineered salmon.

    3. Reached 2,500 signatures
    4. Can you take a moment to share this petition with friends?

      This upcoming February 25 the FDA comment period on genetically engineered salmon will end and I will be uploading the full signer list from this petition to their website. I would love to see an outpouring of public opposition to the approval of unlabeled and potentially dangerous AquAdvantage salmon. Can you take just a moment to share on Facebook, Twitter, and forward this as an email to family and friends? Thank you!

    5. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • about 1 year ago

      This is unconsciable and an outrage! This will devastate natural salmon stocks for what? Oh money of course...

    • Bonnie Swartz MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      Genetically modified food isn't the answer! We are solving symptoms not problems! There is so much about the genetic code that we do not understand and messing with it will cause unfortold disasters!! Haven't we learned already the consequences of messing with stuff we don't understand!

    • Brooks Kowal BERLIN, MA
      • about 1 year ago

      You could make the argument that they produce more food but that is no excuse for dishonoring mother nature.

    • Kristen Stavola LOS ANGELES, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      We do not need to compromise the native fish populations!

    • George Spaadaro TOMS RIVER, NJ
      • about 1 year ago

      This is not what fish should be presented to consumers.


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