Genetically Engineered Salmon: Would You Eat It?

If approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, salmon would be the first genetically engineered animal to be sold in stores.

By Nicole Karlis

AquaBounty Technologies, a Massachusetts-based biotechnology company that focuses on gene modifications that results in early development and growth in fish, is seeking FDA certification for one of their products—AquAdvantage® Salmon—a genetically engineered, or transgenic, Atlantic Salmon.

The FDA met with the Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee, VMAC, in Maryland between Sept. 19-20 to discuss the issue.

The advisory meeting is one step in the process towards final approval.

While a decision has yet to be made by the administration, a couple of Iowa City grocery stores say they would never purchase it, experts are skeptical, and various officials say there is nothing unhealthy about it.

Click below to read all sides of the issue:

What happened at the September meeting & local stores response

Experts say the FDA needs more information to make a decision

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