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Genetically Modified Salmon Blocked in Seattle

April 23, 2013

The Seattle City Council voted unanimously Monday to approve a resolution opposing genetically-engineered fish. Salmon that have been genetically engineered grow twice as fast as their natural counterparts.

The Food and Drug Administration says they’re safe. It issued a statement several months ago saying genetically-altered fish do not pose a threat to the environment and are “as safe as conventional Atlantic salmon.”

Food-safety activists, environmental groups and traditional salmon-fishing industries oppose the super salmon saying they have concerns that the new fish could cause allergic reactions in some people.

Others worry that if the fish escaped from farms they could destroy the wild salmon populations.

Washington’s Patty Murray is behind legislation to “seek a more comprehensive environmental review of this and other genetically engineered fish, and require labeling of any such products sold in the U.S. so consumers are aware of what is on their dinner plates.”

The engineered fish are part of a broader debate over the consumption of genetically modified foods.

Initiative 522 seeks to require labeling of GMOs – genetically modified organisms.

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