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March 11, 2019

Regulators clear path for genetically modified salmon

  • The fish is Atlantic salmon modified with DNA from other fish species to grow twice as fast.
  • By CANDICE CHOI
    AP Food & Health Writer

    NEW YORK — U.S. regulators on Friday gave the green light to salmon genetically modified to grow about twice as fast as normal, but the company behind it may face legal challenges before the fish can be sold domestically.

    The Food and Drug Administration said it lifted an alert that had prevented AquaBounty from importing its salmon eggs to its Indiana facility, where they would be grown before being sold as food. The agency noted the salmon has already undergone safety reviews, and that it lifted its alert because the fish would be subject to a new regulation that will require companies to disclose when a food is bioengineered.


     
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