Do we really need genetically modified salmon in our diet?
Fast-growing genetically-modified salmon are engineered to produce growth hormones for their entire life. People who eat this fish will eat this modified DNA, along with these growth hormones.
In spite of overwhelming opposition by citizens and public interest groups to genetically engineered (GE) food, including 400,000 public comments opposing GE salmon, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on December 26, 2012 that it is prepared to give this transgenically-engineered salmon final approval.
The FDA has not addressed serious concerns about the safety of eating genetically-modified salmon which is engineered to produce growth hormones constantly. This modification allows it to grow faster and bigger than natural salmon. The FDA has not conducted any safety testing. Consumers are being asked to 'trust' that this genetically-engineered salmon is safe to eat.
The accidental escape of genetically-engineered salmon could devastate populations of native salmon, as well as the fish and marine mammals that eat salmon. Scientists predict that these much larger escaped GE salmon would likely wipe out wild salmon.
Despite the fact that the vast majority of Americans do not want to eat genetically-modified organisms, this salmon will not be labeled. Why is the Obama administration willing to gamble with our health for the financial benefit of one biotechnology company?
Please comment to the FDA as soon as possible... before it is too late.
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Division of Dockets Management (HFA- 305)
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Include this docket number in your mailed comment: FDA-2011-N-0899
Comments must be received by the FDA no later than February 25, 2013.
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