GMO Salmon Is Approved and Unlabeled — But We're Suing to Stop It! by Food & Water Watch

Wednesday 13 April 2016

/user/image/dossierPicture_426746.pngFood & Water Watch and a coalition of fishing, consumer and environmental groups are suing the FDA for approving GMO salmon.¹

This is the first time any government has approved a genetically engineered animal for human consumption — and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved it under a 1938 law meant for "animal drugs."²

The lawsuit challenges the FDA’s claim that it has authority to approve and regulate GMO animals under this old law. This lawsuit could impact future GMO animal approvals, so it's critical that we gear up for a long fight.

Will you donate to challenge GMO salmon?

By using this old law for a new purpose, the FDA's threshold to approve was shockingly low. The FDA did a narrow environmental assessment and relied on AquaBounty's data — the company that created GMO salmon — to assess the risk it poses to your health and animal welfare.

GMO salmon is not proven to be safe for the environment. This new fish was genetically engineered by crossing DNA from Atlantic and Pacific salmon with the Arctic eel. If the engineered salmon escapes, it could have devastating impacts on wild and endangered salmon populations. On top of that, the FDA failed to consult wildlife agencies in its review process, as required by federal law. Pitch in to stop GMO salmon from getting into our environment.

GMO salmon is not proven to be safe for you. We filed petitions to the FDA last year showing major weaknesses with the FDA’s review of hormone levels and potential allergens in GMO salmon, both of which appear highly elevated. In the allergy study that the FDA reviewed, AquaBounty only examined 6 GMO salmon, which showed a 20 percent increased allergenic potency. Pitch in because you deserve safe food.

GMO salmon won't even be labeled! In its approval, the FDA decided that the first genetically engineered animal for human consumption doesn't even need to have a label. It's shocking. Pitch in, because at the very least you should know if you are eating GMO salmon!

The FDA's inherently flawed process for approving genetically engineered animals is unacceptable. We think the agency has no right to approve such animals for human consumption. That's why we are challenging its authority in the new lawsuit.

We anticipate a long road ahead. We expect strong opposition from biotech giants that want to keep the GMO market open. But ultimately, this lawsuit could play a pivotal role in whether GMO animals could be approved under the same ancient law.

Can you chip in to stop GMO salmon?

Food & Water Watch supporters helped hold off GMO salmon's approval for five years before it was approved this past November. The fact that the FDA made this call — despite the outcry from hundreds of thousands of concerned citizens like you — speaks to the immense pressure that the biotech industry put on them. But this isn't over.

I hope you'll consider supporting the next phase of the fight against GMO salmon by making a donation to keep GMO salmon off your plate.

Onward together,

Wenonah Hauter

Wenonah Hauter
Executive Director
Food & Water Watch