FDA Approves GE Salmon, Voluntary Labeling of GE Ingredients

November 19, 2015

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, that it has approved for the first time a genetically engineered (GE) animal intended for food. That animal is the AquAdvantage Salmon, which was developed about 25 years ago by AquaBounty Technologies Inc. of Maynard, MA, to grow larger and faster, year-round, and on less food, than conventionally farmed Atlantic salmon.

FDA said it had based the decision “on sound science and a comprehensive review” and had concluded that consumption of the GE salmon poses no threat to human safety or the environment.

“The FDA has thoroughly analyzed and evaluated…