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4.5 tonnes of unmarked genetically modified salmon fillets sold in Canada

It appears Canadians were among the first diners in the world to eat a genetically modified animal — and they likely didn’t know it. U.S.-based AquaBounty Technologies said in a recent fiscal update about 4.5 tonnes of its fresh AquAdvantage salmon fillets were sold in Canada between April and June. The company got approval from Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection agency last year to sell the product. AquaBounty — which has a production plant in P.E.I. — did not say exactly where the salmon was sold. click here to read the story 16:20

Murkowski to place hold on FDA commissioner nominee

A Senate panel on Tuesday approved Dr. Robert Califf to be commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, but President Barack Obama’s nominee may face trouble. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said she will hold up a vote on the Senate floor until she has reassurances from the agency that genetically modified salmon will be labeled. The Alaska Republican has said the engineered salmon approved by the agency last year could be harmful to her state’s wild salmon industry. Read the article here 09:51

Seward Fishing Community dismayed by FDA precident approving genetically modified fish

Word that the Food and Drug Administration had approved the humaRec-camp-fishers-e1448133594324-600x490n consumption of a genetically modified animal for the first time ever Thursday, the dreaded “Frankenfish,” traveled fast in Alaska. Several Seward residents SCN spoke with were not happy about its implications, either for the Alaska fishing industry, or for consumers. In a town that prides itself on the plentiful supply of wild Alaska salmon, halibut, cod, and other species, and on supporting sport and commercial fishing, that’s not surprising. Read the article here 16:14

FDA approves first genetically modified salmon for consumption

AquaBounty Technologies’ salmon became the first genetically engineered animal to receive U.S. approval for human consumption, setting the stage for more such approvals. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday the company’s genetically engineered Atlantic salmon was as nutritious as the farm-raised ones and was safe for consumption. (1.usa.gov/1NFfKyd) The company is majority owned by Intrexon Corp, whose shares rose 7 percent at $37.80 Thursday morning. Read the article here 11:45

Good Morning, Fish “bullies” and “terrorists” – Murkowski blasts genetically modified salmon

“We’re not talking about GM corn or something else that is grown. We are talking about a species that moves, migrates and breeds,” Murkowski stressed. “This is an experiment that if it went wrong could be devastating to the wild, healthy stocks that our farmers of the sea depend upon.” Read more here 07:17

Read more here: http://www.adn.com/2014/06/01/3494428/laine-welch-murkowski-blasts-genetically.html?sp=/99/171#storylink=cpy

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Labels for Frankenfish get a bipartisan nod in DC

If  gets a green light by the FDA, it will be labeled as such if US Senators have their way. The Senate Appropriations Committee passed the Murkowski-Begich amendment last week requiring that consumers be advised of what they are buying. Senator Murkowski – Listen, and read more here  16:37


GM salmon in wild might produce bold hybrids

CBC_News_logoThere could be potential risks, if genetically modified salmon escape into the wild, indicates a new study from Memorial University in Newfoundland and Labrador. Researcher Krista Oke bred AquaBounty Technologies’ GM salmon with wild brown trout. Almost half the resulting hybrids carried the genetic modification. continued

The Fisheries Broadcast with John Furlong

Monday June  3, 2013 – Genetically modified salmon,  engineered to grow faster, Friday May 31, 2013 – More reaction to the issue of the CETA talks, Thursday May 30, 2013 – Reaction to the premier’s comment about Minimum Processing Requirements, and more here  Listen Live – Weekdays 5:30 p.m. NT/ 4:00 Eastern @ CBC Radio One

GM salmon company losses mounting – Long wait discouraging investment in genetically modified food animal technologies, says scientist

CBCNews – AquaBounty, which is hoping to put its genetically modified salmon on grocery store shelves soon, is finding its losses are growing as it waits for U.S. FDA approval. The company’s net loses were $4.4 million last year, up from $2.7 million the year before. But the company says, thanks to reduced net spending and new money raised, it is still confident it has the cash to see its salmon reach the market in the U.S. continued

Alaska’s GM salmon protest comes to P.E.I. – Alaska concerned over economic impact of genetically-modified fish

CBC_News_logoA member of Alaska’s state government is meeting with P.E.I. politicians Thursday to share concerns over genetically-modified salmon. continued

Did the Obama admin sit on an FDA report for political reasons? why were they just released Dec. 21 — seven months later?

ATT00001The Food and Drug Administration released long-awaited documents Dec. 21 on genetically modified salmon: an assessment of the fish’s potential environmental effects and a preliminary “finding of no significant impact” of the fish on the environment. This brings AquAdvantage salmon — Atlantic salmon that has been modified with a growth hormone gene from chinook salmon so that it reaches maturity faster — a significant step closer to FDA approval.

Astute readers will notice that the recently released documents are dated May 4. So why were they just released Dec. 21 — seven months later? In a Dec. 21 email, a spokesperson for the FDA explained it this way: “Yes there was a delay. As you are aware, we’ve been working on this for a while, and it was an oversight in our [quality control] process. We are working to address it now.”  Read more

Public Comment Sought on Genetically Modified Salmon

Instructions for electronic submissions are at http://www.regulations.gov. Written comments should be addressed to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. Comments should refer to the docket number, Docket No. FDA-2011-N-0899.
For further information contact Eric Silberhorn, Center for veterinary medicine (HFV-162), Food and Drug Administration, 7500 Standish Pl., Rockville, MD 20855; 1-240-276-8247, or email [email protected]

Alaska Delegation Fillets GM Salmon Report – Begich said. “I will fight tooth and nail,,,,,,,”

FrankenFishANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska’s congressional delegation was united in its opposition Friday to a draft report from the federal Food and Drug Administration saying that the nation’s health and environment wouldn’t be significantly harmed by genetically modified salmon. The fish, introduced by Massachusetts biotechnology firm AquaBounty, are engineered to grow much larger than wild salmon — but many Alaskans see them as a threat to both the market for and the existence of wild fish.  Read More