US approves importation of genetically engineered salmon

In a transfer that has been slammed by opponents, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has lifted an import alert that prevented controversial genetically engineered salmon from coming into the US market.

The lengthy operating battle beforehand got here to a head in 2016 when Congress blocked the FDA from permitting AquaAdvantage Salmon to look in grocery shops after the meals watchdog declared the product, which critics have dubbed “frankenfish,” fit for human consumption.

That yr additionally noticed Congress move a regulation directing the US Department of Agriculture to set a nationwide obligatory commonplace for disclosing genetically modified meals.

The USDA lastly issued the guidelines in December 2018. It makes use of the time period ‘bioengineered’ as an alternative of the extra generally used ‘genetically modified’ or ‘genetically engineered’, and permits ‘bioengineered’ elements to be disclosed in a number of completely different methods: in textual content, an emblem, a digital hyperlink printed on packaging, or textual content message.

In a recent statement on genetically engineered salmon, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb mentioned as a result of of the 2016 regulation and the brand new USDA commonplace, the FDA “no longer has the authority to issue labeling guidance.”

However, his administration is glad that the salmon has met the standards and it lifted the import alert, permitting AquaAdvantage Salmon eggs to be imported to the corporate’s facility in Indiana and raised into salmon for meals.

Senator Lisa Murkowski said she is “extremely disappointed” with the FDA’s “short sighted” determination, labeling it “wrong-headed.”

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