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'Frankenfish' Salmon Moves Closer to FDA Approval

The federal agency says the fish are safe for people and the environment, but critics remain skeptical. Would you eat it?

Genetically modified salmon could soon be making its way to your dinner plate if the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 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.

Meanwhile, Washington is one of several states with pending initiatives on required labeling for GMOs—genetically modified organisms. Initiative 522 would require any food sold in Washington state and made with genetically engineered crops to be labeled.

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

Don January 22, 2013 at 04:33 AM
That's REEEEAAALLY funny. *every* grocer sells GMOs if they have nuts, grains, veges, etc. Even some home grown foodstuffs come from or are GMOs. You'll get mighty thin trying to stand on those unfounded fears. But that's ok. That means more food for the poor. Go get 'em tiger!
Don January 22, 2013 at 04:36 AM
Protected you from what? Please cite any peer reviewed scientific study that shows GMOs *cause* adverse health effects. Just one.
Don January 22, 2013 at 04:41 AM
Lots of talk but no evidence. Please cite your scientific evidence that verifies any of this. If you can't then you're just another verbal terrorist spreading the poison you bought into from another low knowledge anti-establishment verbal terrorist.
Don January 22, 2013 at 04:43 AM
See my reply to Edward above. And for you Rhonda, "BAAAAA"
Don January 22, 2013 at 04:52 AM
How do you know the wild salmon haven't been messed with? Ask Edward, Rhonda, Rob and Fran. It's all a conspiracy, I tell ya! Monsanto, FDA, Big Pharma, giant corporations, Obama, they're all in on it, I tell ya!. Ya GOTTA believe me! I read it on the internet! We should all protest and STOP EATING NOW!!!! Everything has poison in it! The food, the air, the water, ALL DEADLY! Oh PLEASE, sweet Giha, please save us! We're all going to die within the next 90 years!!!! ALL OF US! AAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!! (Throw up hands and run into the night screaming.) SARCHASM MODE: Off
M.Legison January 22, 2013 at 04:53 AM
If you don't like what the grocery store has, why not go out and catch your own? Our family has always hunted and fished and enjoy the sport of it and the fare it provides us.
Don January 22, 2013 at 04:54 AM
How do you know the wild salmon haven't been messed with? Ask Edward, Rhonda, Rob and Fran. It's all a conspiracy, I tell ya! Monsanto, FDA, Big Pharma, giant corporations, Obama, they're all in on it, I tell ya!. Ya GOTTA believe me! I read it on the internet! We should all protest and STOP EATING NOW!!!! Everything has poison in it! The food, the air, the water, ALL DEADLY! Oh PLEASE, sweet Giha, please save us! We're all going to die within the next 90 years!!!! ALL OF US! AAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!! (Throw up hands and run into the night screaming.) SARCHASM MODE: Off
Lorraine Pozniak January 22, 2013 at 05:15 AM
Who here thinks "Don" works for Monsanto?
Lorraine Pozniak January 22, 2013 at 05:24 AM
Don, there are so many studies that GMOs cause "adverse health effects" like tumors and/or cancer, that I can't cite them all...but here's an article where many other countries in the world have either banned GMOs completely, or require that they be labeled, enabling consumers to decide if they wish to purchase foods containing GMOs or not: http://current.com/groups/news-blog/93975745_peru-bans-genetically-modified-foods-as-us-lags.htm
Lorraine Pozniak January 22, 2013 at 05:42 AM
Sorry, I couldn't find "just one" study, here's a whole slew of them from around the world: http://eatdrinkbetter.com/2011/04/11/gmos-linked-to-organ-disruption-in-13-scientific-studies/ http://www.saynotogmos.org/scientific_studies.htm The world that Monsanto doesn't have in their back pocket, I might add...
Antonio Catpo January 22, 2013 at 05:49 AM
Ha, You can see miles away, Don is in Monsanto's payroll.
Lorraine Pozniak January 22, 2013 at 06:15 AM
Yes, Antonio, he's feeding us the same rhetoric the "NO ON PROP. 37" people did. "NO ON PROP. 37" was funded by Monsanto Company, E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co., Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and more than 40 food company members.
Cynthia Marcopulos January 22, 2013 at 06:32 AM
Monsanto, et al., care only about profits, and they fund our elected politicians to make sure that whatever regulations we used to have to protect our food supply and our health are gone by the wayside. It's unfortunate that the ones who now work for the FDA and other government agencies that are supposed to protect us were once employees of these corporations that are killing us and ruining our health.
Don January 22, 2013 at 07:12 AM
Actually I'm unemployed and living off Obummer's social giveaways. Used to be a govt. scientist tho.
Don January 22, 2013 at 07:13 AM
All the layoffs and all.
beaumontdave January 22, 2013 at 07:29 AM
Yeh, we really screwing with the natural order by preventing folks from dying through surgical interference, using antibiotics, sheltering ourselves in "man-made" contrivances such as housing. Even though we have more then doubled the human life span, I can clearly see that it would be much better to be at the mercy of that heartless bitch we call nature.
beaumontdave January 22, 2013 at 07:37 AM
Don, either agree with the conspiracy theories, or acknowledge that you're part of the conspiracy. Please choose.
Tankerson January 22, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Like all organic foods that are being manufactured or enhanced it is a slippery slope. Look at what has happened to corn. When is the last time you saw a natural variety of corn in the market? Look at what's happened to livestock? There is no long-term proof of what damage, if any, consuming this fish may cause. That's the point. We do not know the long-term effects. We are succumbing to the big $$$ of food industry.
Michelle Kye January 22, 2013 at 07:25 PM
I certainly wouldn't dismiss it just because it is a GMO. I would like to see labeling of GMOs but I am certainly not against all GMOs. I think GMOs are going to help a lot of people around the world to avoid starvation and get the nutrients they need to survive and thrive. It sounds like it may also help us avoid overfishing and help us preserve species for years to come. I hope it is tasty!
Don January 22, 2013 at 07:45 PM
LOL!! Thanks, but I'll take door number three. Anti-GMO-thiests are of the same ilk as flat earthers, chemtrailers, fake moon landing, etc. They think if you say it often enough and loud enough, it is true, even though there is no scientific evidence.
Don January 22, 2013 at 08:00 PM
Lorraine, BZZZZT! WRONG! Try again. All three links you sent are to *opinion papers*, not *scientific studies*. If you had bothered to read them you would have seen that. And a link to "saynotogoms"??? No agenda there I'm sure. But if you look deep enough into the links in the "eatdrinkbetter" opinion paper you will find links to several studies on GMOs, All they show is that confounding factors (the pesticides on the GMOs) were the issues, NOT the GMOs themselves. The only "link" between GMOS and cancer was the pesticides that were on them. Grow GMOs pesticide free and viola! A MUCH greener and better product. BTW, there is a difference between a "link" and a "cause". There is a "link" between a rooster crowing and the sun coming up. The rooster does not "cause" the sun to come up. Sorry to burst your anti-GMO-theist balloon with science. How many GMOs were in your breakfast this morning? Like the Sr-90 in there too? Better living through chemistry!
Don January 22, 2013 at 08:04 PM
Pure Luddite thinking. Glad people weren't thinking that when the light bulb was invented. I can see it now, "Artificially produced sunlight!!! OMG!!! It's not natural! It will be decades before we know the health effects! We'd better not let this heinous invention spread!"
Don January 22, 2013 at 08:06 PM
Or could not be a disaster. Genetically improved fish could improve the old school fish (heh, I made a pun..)
Laura Brown January 22, 2013 at 09:27 PM
It is not buying into a lie to be cautious. Everyone knows that there could be long term effects that have not been tested for. Companies test for as little as they can get away with to be sure they can get it to market. I would prefer to wait 5-10 years before being the human test-tube, but without labeling I am not given that joice. Don you may eat all of the cheap pseudo-salmon you like, but I want to know what I am eating!
Don January 22, 2013 at 10:48 PM
Ahh, Laura, the infamous "everyone knows". Really? Everyone? Kinda like "everyone knows there could be a tooth fairy". Yep. Everyone knows. Companies test for what is required by the govt. and you know who is in charge of that? He was enshrined yesterday. You voted for him, you are responsible for his decisions on FDA leadership and food safety. Eat up!
Don January 22, 2013 at 10:54 PM
Not likely. I've spent 30 years in aerospace. Besides, who from Monsanto would read this rag?
JC January 23, 2013 at 10:22 PM
Don't believe Don! Read the following article, it's over 100 pages of scientifically based information against GMOs: GMO Myths and Truths: An evidence-based examination of the claims made for the safety and efficacy of genetically modified crops (large link to the pdf document follows) - http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&ved=0CDoQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fearthopensource.org%2Ffiles%2Fpdfs%2FGMO_Myths_and_Truths%2FGMO_Myths_and_Truths_1.3.pdf&ei=P1oAUY-MJOmKiAKyzoC4Aw&usg=AFQjCNGwSsL_8S1ClWU9i8DdOLcyuhSz6Q&sig2=Is43FH6CoJxAD3iI5lDAjQ&bvm=bv.41248874,d.cGE
None January 24, 2013 at 03:48 AM
If any of you think taking anything into your body that was produced in a lab or a factory, think about how many folks have injected insulin into their bodies? How many take an aspirin or any other medications? Think about a filling without a shot of something to relieve the pain! Our society is taking all kinds of substances into their bodies and as I read the articles in the paper, people are living longer that at any time in history. If that is so, where is the problem? Ever look at the little round watermelons in the grocery store? Nothing natural there!
El Capitan January 24, 2013 at 05:44 AM
I got just the right nutrition for all of y'all, needs no lable, pictures worth a thousand words.
Emil Medellin February 12, 2013 at 04:14 PM
This is the right approach - only you have to tell the marketers, distributors, & sellers you REFUSE to keep them viable if they push genetically engineered (GE) food products. Tell friends, family, & perfect strangers to do the same. As to the, "Where's the evidence?" argument made by proponents of GE foods - remember: cigarettes, DDT, mercury, & radioactive isotopes (think 2 x Nobel Prize winner Marie Curie) were all "perfectly harmless" according to TOP scientists & doctors at one point in time - that is, until they found out differently. As the axiom goes, "Absence of evidence, is evidence of absence.".

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