After years of study, a kind of Atlantic salmon with other fish genes and hormones grows faster two times than ordinary salmon and with much bigger fish head in the same breeding environment. However, there always exists dispute whether it should be put on the table.
On December 22nd, after years of study, a kind of Atlantic salmon with other fish genes and hormones grows faster two times than ordinary salmon and with much bigger fish head in the same breeding environment. However, there always exists dispute whether it should be put on the table. America Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released assessment report on December 21st claiming the transgenic salmon does not pose a threat to the environment. It has the same food safety with ordinary Atlantic salmon".
At present, there still has a huge controversy about genetically modified food in many countries, and they classifies this kind of food as contraband, such as Russia, Japan,Peru and other countries. EU prohibits several main types of genetically modified food, requires strictly specific components using genetically modified food. As countries which allow genetically modified food, the yield of GM soy and corn in USA is very high, but the GM fish is the first time in animal field. It is of great significance.
Two years ago, FDA called scientists and business people to study the potential impact of transgenic salmon. The public debate was more and more intense later. The voice of the opposition mainly came from food safety activists, environmental organizations, traditional salmon farming enterprises and some members of congress. Alaska Democrat Mark Begich on the same day of FDA issued a written statement saying he would work with colleagues in Alaska to strain every nerve so that consumers clearly understood the difference between laboratory science project and wild environment. Non profit organization -- the center for food safety had sharply criticized FDA, called it immature and misleading.
Supporters think we can not see the difference of transgenic salmon and wild salmon, moreover, it can also increase the world's food supply and reduce the price and the use of resources. In order to reduce public concern and opposition, to avoid the impact of transgenic fish on ecological and environment. At present this kind of fish eggs is cultured in Prince Edward Island, grows in Canada. According to FDA, the genetically engineered salmon is unlikely to flee and breed in the wild environment.
According to relevant provisions, FDA should fully solicit public opinions and comments in the next 60 days and then decide whether to give the license to put the fish into the American market.
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