Several grocery chains—including three with stores in Bellevue—have reportedly agreed not to sell genetically engineered salmon as the fish near approval by the Food and Drug Administration, reports seattlepi.com.
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A coalition of environmental and consumer groups announced Wednesday they have secured promises from several grocery chains not to carry the fish—often called "Frankenfish" or "Frankensalmon"—including Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and PCC Natural Markets in Washington.
Most of the larger supermarket chains are not participating in the agreement.
The genetically engineered fish are from AquaBounty Technologies of Massachusetts, which says they grow twice as fast as natural salmon but are safe, sustainable and in all other respects “identical to other Atlantic salmon.”
If approved they would be the first transgenic animal to enter America’s food supply. They have received preliminary federal approval, with a public comment period open until April 26.