'Frankenfish' Salmon Moves Closer to FDA Approval—Would You Eat It?

The federal agency says the fish are safe for people and the environment, but critics remain skeptical.

Genetically modified salmon could soon be making its way to your dinner plate, if the Food and Drug Administration grants final approval to a proposal from a Massachusetts bio tech firm.

The fish, dubbed "Frankenfish" by its critics, is Atlantic salmon that has been modified with a growth hormone from Pacific chinook salmon and a gene from an eel-like fish known as ocean pout. The modifications result in a fish that matures twice as fast as regular Atlantic salmon.

Would you be comfortable eating genetically modified salmon? Tell us in the comments section.

The FDA has already determined the fish, created by AquaBounty Technologies, poses no health or environmental risk, according to various media reports. The proposal is now under a 60-day period of public review—the final hurdle to FDA approval.

The genetically modified fish tastes like regular salmon, meaning consumers probably will not be able to tell the difference—and ABC News reports the FDA is unlikely to require special labeling for the fish.

Meanwhile, Washington is one of several states with pending initiatives on required labeling for GMOs—genetically modified organisms. Initiative 522 would require any food sold in Washington state and made with genetically engineered crops to be labeled.

dexterjibs January 08, 2013 at 08:40 PM
I think I will pass on this-unless I am really hungry. Or, maybe if I have the munchies (afterall, God's herb is now legal to smoke). I guess I would have to be higher than a kite to eat a fish called Frankenfish.
Edward A. January 08, 2013 at 10:54 PM
"And, what happens to native species, if one of these monsters is released, by accident, into the world?" They are sterile, and they are reared in inland farms (not coastal farms, unlike farmed salmon). "...this is a very dangerous game to be playing and Monsanto knows it." "I am sure Monsanto has that lawsuit covered too. They are a very deceptive company." Monsanto has absolutely nothing to do with this fish. All of you GMO fearmongers should be more concerned with the effects of salmon hatcheries on the salmon gene pool: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=fish-hatchery-silverhead-salmon-genetics Also, the effects of dams, fertilizer, pesticides and industrial pollutants on the health of the salmon and the health of the people eating them. Sorry, but GMO really brings out paranoia in people.
Jennifer West January 10, 2013 at 05:02 PM
no and I do not eat farmed fish (socalled Atlantic Salmon) I have been up in Canada near where they farm them, on a boat. the farmed ones escaped and acted goofy in the water, splashing and jumping like they were crazed. They would be a nice non-appetizing gray color if they didn't put food coloring in their feed. They get into the natural water environment and mix with wild salmon, and deplete the genes of the wild salmon. Terrible idea, we have too much of this gene manipulation of our food. Even our wheat has been so manipulatee, it now makes us fat and has lost much of its nutritive value. We need to go back to natural food.
JT Fangio January 10, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Everythine Musique says is right on the money. Obesity and food allergies are increasing at alarming rates. Genetic engineering just sounds so evil. Gordon S offers valid reasons for going off the food grid. In the last year, I have drastically cut back on corn and wheat products. Come this Spring I will be growing my own vegies and buying fresh caught fish, as well as locally raised poultry.
Edward A. January 10, 2013 at 05:48 PM
What do you mean by "natural food?" You are completely correct that the wheat we eat isn't natural. It has been selectively bred for 10,000 years, and probably doesn't resemble its ancestor much at all. If we had to rely on what is truly natural (ancient grains, fruits, nuts, wild animals), the planet could support a few hundred million people. Only affluent westerners who shop at Whole Paycheck (err, Whole Foods), and, perhaps, some New Guinea tribesman, can afford such luxury. :)


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