August 18, 2017

Senate Amendment Requires Mandatory Labeling of GE Salmon

An amendment to the FY 2015 Agriculture Appropriations bill introduced passed in the Senate Appropriations Committee last week. It would require labeling of genetically engineered (GE) salmon. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) is the originator of the amendment, and Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) is the sponsor. This is the second year the Committee has passed a GE fish labeling amendment.

Sockeye SalmonColin O’Neil, director of government affairs for Center for Food Safety said in a statement, “the food movement scored another major win today with the passage of Senator Murkowski’s amendment to require the labeling of genetically engineered salmon. While some Members of Congress are peddling corporate-backed legislation to keep consumers in the dark, today’s vote is an indicator that support for labeling is not slowing down.”

When the FDA allowed public comments on the proposal to allow AquaBounty, the corporation that is behind the genetically modified fish, almost 2 million comments were posted opposing this approval. Many retailers, including Target, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Kroger, and Safeway, have said they will not sell GE food if it comes to the market. And 64 countries require labeling of GE and GMO foods, including Australia, the EU, Japan, and China. The U.S. is not among them.

Problems with the genetically engineered salmon have ranged from the company not pulling the required permits to missing documents and “lost” fish. Food safety advocates and consumer groups are concerned that these modified salmon will escape into the wild and out compete wild salmon for food and resources.

In addition, the fish contain genes from other fish, mice, coral, bacteria, and people, raising questions about allergic reactions. More than 2 million farm-raised fish escape into the wild every year. Aquabounty claims the GE salmon are sterile, but experts think that up to 5% could be fertile. If they reproduce in the wild, that could mean the end of wild salmon.


  1. Elliot Entis says:

    You just make this stuff up, don’t you? I wouls like to see the evidence reagarding mice genes, people genes, destruction of wild salmon etc etc. This is fantasy being sold as reality. Criticism based on honest reporting is welcome, Grimm’s fairy tales should be consigned to the fiction shelves. Shame on you!

    • Linda Larsen says:

      Oh, really. You trust Monsanto, et. al. to protect your health? Criticism based on reality is welcome. Those who make extraordinary claims need to provide evidence. And Monsanto and those who promote GMOs have not provided a shred of evidence that these products are safe and can be controlled. The illnesses that critics are worried about include cancer, which takes decades to develop, and other illnesses we may not even know about. You really should ask yourself if you think that three months of incomplete and biased testing is enough for you to feed this stuff to your children.

    • Ann Jensen says:

      You are a fool if you think that those who are concerned about GMOs are making it up. To learn the truth, follow the money. Who stands to make a fortune if these frankenfoods are approved?

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