Right now President Obama and bureaucrats at the FDA are preparing to unleash genetically engineered salmon on the market. After years of controversial regulatory review, this past week, the Obama administration cleared a final hurdle for AquaBounty’s GMO salmon to be approved at any moment.
On Friday, December 21st, 2012, FDA bureaucrats declared that AquaBounty’s GMO salmon poses no “significant” risk to the environment. This recent FDA decision comes on top of the agency’s 2010 declaration that the GMO salmon were safe for humans to eat, despite no independent long-term studies. Once again, the FDA is putting corporate science over public health.
If approved, AquaBounty’s GMO salmon would be the first genetically engineered animal to be sold for human consumption and could appear in restaurants and supermarkets as early 2013.
We can’t allow this to happen. Tell President Obama and the FDA that you won’t eat GMO salmon!
Dear President Obama; Member of Congress; FDA Commissioner Hamburg,
RE: Docket No. FDA–2011-N-0899 Genetically Engineered Salmon
I urge you to reject the approval of AquaBounty’s genetically engineered salmon. As the first transgenic species to be intended for human consumption, AquaBounty’s genetically engineered salmon has failed to meet the most basic requirements of peer-reviewed scientific standards. Unfortunately, the FDA has refused to require rigorous independent scientific testing to adequately protect the safety of human health, wild fish populations and the environment. It is unacceptable that consumers continue to be denied their right to know what’s in their food and how it’s produced. Under current U.S. law, genetically engineered salmon would not have to be labeled, therefore leaving consumers in the dark about what they are eating. At the same time, government scientists have questioned the biosafety protocols provided by AquaBounty and serious questions remain about the safety of genetically engineered animals regarding their impact on human health and the environment. As such, I urge you to reject that approval of AquaBounty’s GMO salmon to protect consumer health, the safety of our environment and the long-term integrity of our food supply.