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Independent UK

US decision after 17-year battle over fast-growing salmon could pave way for same step in Britain

A GM salmon which grows twice as fast as ordinary fish could become the first genetically-modified animal in the world to be declared officially safe to eat, after America’s powerful food-safety watchdog ruled it posed no major health or environmental risks.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it could not find any valid scientific reasons to ban the production of GM Atlantic salmon engineered with extra genes from two other fish species – a decision that could soon lead to its commercial production.

The verdict clears one of the last remaining hurdles for GM salmon to be lawfully sold and eaten in the US and will put pressure on salmon producers in Britain and Europe to follow suit.

Successive chief scientists to the UK Government, as well as science institutions such as the Royal Society, have endorsed the concept of GM technology as a tool for increasing food production in the 21st Century, but consumer opposition has so far blocked the approval of GM food for the dinner table.

Several government bodies including the advisory committees on the release of GM organisms and on novel foods and processes would have to review the technology before it was approved in the UK.

Supporters of the technology believe the GM salmon will make it not only easier and cheaper to produce farmed salmon, but that it could also be better for the environment because they can be grown on land-based fish farms.

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  1. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    December 24th, 2012

    “In its draft assessment prepared as part of a New Animal Drug Application (NADA), the FDA agrees that the possibility of GM salmon escaping from fish farms is extremely remote and that interbreeding with wild salmon is equally unlikely.”

    Riiight. Just like how the Killer Bees™ couldn’t escape. It just takes one dumbass to get distracted and leave a ‘door open’.

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  2. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    December 24th, 2012

    GM into salmon now?
    They should get their profit sharing in dead fish.

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  3. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    December 24th, 2012

    Let the 0bamas take the first bite.

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  4. Tim

    December 24th, 2012

    Why are they trying to increase the production of cat food?

    WTF?

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  5. Carlos The Jackal

    December 24th, 2012

    Great. Just what I wanted, a heaping portion of bailout salmon.

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  6. Unruly Refugee

    December 24th, 2012

    Why do they have to screw up everything that’s actually good for you. Bastards.

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  7. scr_north

    December 24th, 2012

    Hmm, so these things can be raised in pools on land? Great, sooner or later a bored scientest will cross the salmon with a shark and then a couple of generations later this cross breed develops feet (what with being on dry land and Darwin) and the world falls prey to a Saturday Night Live first season skit. Maybe these land-shark-salmon are the reason that we have never heard from other life in the galaxy.

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  8. GW Bear

    December 24th, 2012

    Scotty beam me up, there’s no intelligent life on this planet!

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