California votes to label (but not ban) GMO frankenfish

By Dan Bacher
Red Green & Blue

With the USDA expected to approve genetically modified (GMO) salmon in the near future – without any serious safety research – it may devolve on the states to try to minimize the potential negative impact.

The California Assembly Health Committee in Sacramento on May 3 approved a bill requiring that all GMO salmon sold in California contain clear and prominent labeling.

Assemblymember Jared Huffman introduced the bill, AB 88, due to widespread dissatisfaction by consumer, fishing and environmental groups and Indian Tribes with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) current review of the first-ever proposed commercialization of genetically engineered (GE) Aqua-Bounty salmon.

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“Knowing whether our salmon is genetically engineered is important for a host of reasons, including risks to our native salmon species, and allowing consumers to make dietary choices consistent with concerns they may have for the environment, food safety, and religiously or ethically based dietary restrictions,” said Assemblymember Huffman, in explaining the reason for introducing the bill.

Keep it real, keep it safe

The Center for Food Safety (CFS), a co-sponsor of the bill, and other groups applauded the Health Committee for protecting the public’s right to know how their food is produced.

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2 responses to “California votes to label (but not ban) GMO frankenfish

  1. We have an issue in the UK and EU where some people are citing the need for labelling of GMO containing food. However this is not adequate. The only real and meaningful action would be an all-out permanent ban of Biotechnology and its toxic off-spring.
    The way California is going is not really going to harm the company marketing this crap anyway. They will have a foot in the door and when the fish escape and contaminate everything they will merely shrug their shoulders and say something like ‘Well its a tough call but now your all going to have to eat GMO Salmon whether you want to or not.’ and ‘Oh by the way its officially approved for human consumption by those fine upstanding organisation’s known to all as the FDA and the USDA.’

    You couldn’t make it up.

  2. @Kev C.. I couldn’t agree more. I want it out of our food supply COMPLETELY!!!!!!! Unfortunately the USDA and the FDA ( and in a roundabout way our president) has let them decide to allow GMOs in our society. We have to have something.. maybe the labeling will help get rid of it completely….eventually.. we can only hope and keep fighting these monsters.

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