'Frankenfish' Salmon Moves Closer to FDA Approval—Would You Eat It?

The federal agency says the fish are safe for people and the environment, but critics remain skeptical.

Genetically modified salmon could soon be making its way to your dinner plate, if the Food and Drug Administration (FDAY) grants final approval to a proposal from a Massachusetts bio-tech firm.

The fish, dubbed "Frankenfish" by its critics, is Atlantic salmon that has been modified with a growth hormone from Pacific chinook salmon and a gene from an eel-like fish known as ocean pout. The modifications result in a fish that matures twice as fast as regular Atlantic salmon.

The FDA has already determined the fish, created by AquaBounty Technologies, poses no health or environmental risk, according to various media reports. The proposal is now under a 60-day period of public review—the final hurdle to FDA approval.

The genetically modified fish tastes like regular salmon, meaning consumers probably will not be able to tell the difference—and ABC News reports the FDA is unlikely to require special labeling for the fish.

Would you be comfortable eating genetically modified salmon?  Tell us in the comments section.

Curious George January 15, 2013 at 08:58 PM
Judging by what I see in so many shopping carts in supermarkets, most people won't care. Granted, the FDA won't even label it as genetically modified but from what I've noticed, alot of people don't read labels anyway to understand the chemicals and other dangerous preservatives and additives that are already listed in what they buy.
pj2805 January 16, 2013 at 12:17 PM
That is upsetting that the FDA may not require labeling.


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