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First Genetically Modified Salmon Approved by FDA

Nov. 20, 2015, 5:00 AM

A kind of genetically modified salmon was determined safe to eat by the Food and Drug Administration after a lengthy approval process, but it could be years before the fish is sold in supermarkets.

The FDA initially said five years ago that the AquAdvantage Salmon, which is designed to grow to market size faster than its farmed-raised Atlantic counterpart, was safe for consumers and the environment. The GM fish contains the growth hormone gene from Chinook salmon, and isn’t required to be labeled as genetically engineered.

AquaBounty Technologies, Inc., a majority-owned subsidiary of Intrexon Corp., has sought approval of its...

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