Retailers Turn Down Genetically-Modified Salmon, GMO Labeling Debate Continues

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Even though AquAdvantage salmon, the first major genetically modified animal product deemed safe for human consumption by the FDA, won’t be available for two years, several major retailers have already taken a stand. Among others, Costco, Safeway, Trader Joe’s and Target have said they will not sell the GMO fish produced by Massachusetts-based company, AquaBounty.

In a statement to the Associated Press, Costco said, “Although the FDA has approved the sale of GM salmon, Costco has not sold and does not intend to sell GM salmon at this time.” The warehouse chain purchases about 600,000 pounds of salmon each week.

On December 1st, the New York Times weighed in on the FDA’s approval and the fact that companies selling this salmon are not required to label it as genetically engineered, “Congress should overturn that decision. Consumers deserve to know what they are eating.”

The House passed a bill in July that would pre-empt states from requiring GMO labeling. The bill now awaits action in the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. According to the New York Times, industry groups are pressing the Senate to attach similar language as a rider to an omnibus spending bill.

Photo: Courtesy AquaBounty