The FDA may soon approve the sale of genetically engineered salmon in our supermarkets – even though it’s unclear what the long-term effects will be for humans eating it.
But there’s something even fishier going on. The agency could put this salmon – which reaches market size in half the time as conventional fish – in stores without any special labeling. That means you might not know the difference between a genetically engineered salmon and one that grew up naturally, leaving you in the dark about exactly what it is you’re eating.
Tell the FDA that you have the right to know what’s in your food! The agency is standing on technicalities in the labeling law, when it only has to declare that genetically engineered salmon is ‘materially’ different – and should be labeled as such.
Sign our petition to the FDA supporting labeling of genetically engineered food. Consumers have the right to know what they’re buying – and eating!
The jury is still out on the long-term effects of genetically engineered salmon on humans – there simply aren't enough data. But these genetic changes could lead to increased allergy risk, and lower levels of Omega-3 fatty acids in salmon – the ‘good’ fat which has important health benefits.
I also believe that the growth hormone in this fish, which you are evaluating as a New Animal Drug, is a new food ingredient and should appear on the label, just as any other ingredient.
All this information is a “material fact” to me as a consumer – which qualifies genetically engineered salmon to be labeled as such. I don’t want to have any doubts about what kind of food I am buying. Please require labeling of genetically engineered salmon, and all other genetically engineered food and animal products that the FDA may allow on the market in the future.