The genetically engineered (GE) salmon approved for human consumption by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) a few weeks ago has hit an unexpected roadblock in Washington, D.C. Lawmakers in Capitol Hill wrote a policy rider targeting the salmon into the lengthy federal spending bill published this week.
The policy rider requires the FDA forbid sale of the GE fish until appropriate GE labeling guidelines are put in place. Without the rider, the fish could have hit supermarket cabinets by the end of next year. The FDA had left the labeling requirements to the discretion of Aquabounty.
Watch this news report by CBS New York about the FDA approving the GE salmon “Frankenfish”:
In another move supportive of anti-GE campaigners, lawmakers did not include a policy rider that could have blocked states from implementing their genetically engineered food labeling laws. Some food manufacturing and agro-chemical lobby groups were pushing for the rider to prevent the states of Vermont, Connecticut, and Maine from utilizing their new GMO labeling laws. Vermont’s will be the first to take effect, next July.
Watch RT America report on consumers’ concerns over the GE salmon:
Costco Wholesale and more than 60 other supermarket chains, including Safeway, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and Kroger, have all made a public commitment to not sell GE salmon.
Aquabounty did not respond to request for a comment.