FDA panel discusses genetically modified salmon

An advisory committee told the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that it believes genetically engineered salmon is safe to eat.

An advisory committee told the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that it believes genetically engineered salmon is safe to eat but said that further research is needed to analyze possible effects on health and the environment.

If approved, it would be the first time that a genetically modified animal has been approved by the FDA, although the federal agency has approved genetically modified soybeans and corn. 

A number of consumer groups, researchers, and environmental associations are fighting the approval, as well as for a label that would identify the fish as genetically engineered. AquaBounty Technologies, the company developing the genetically engineered salmon brand, said that the approval would make production faster.

Ben & Jerry's is advocating against the approval of genetically modified salmon and is using its website to promote its stance on the issue, which could have an effect on the company's business if there is potential for genetically modified cows.

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