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Update: Congress Unites Against FDA Approval of GE Salmon

The biotechnology industry has genetically engineered a fish that grows at twice the normal rate, so it can get to market sooner and make more money, faster.

The FDA doesn't even do its own testing of genetically engineered animals: it relies on information provided by the company that wants approval. And because GE salmon are being considered as a new animal drug, the process isn't focused on what happens to people who eat genetically engineered animals. So on top of the health concerns posed by raising salmon in crowded factory fish farms that rely on antibiotics and other chemicals, the FDA could be adding the unknown risks of GE salmon to the mix.

If approved, GE salmon would be the first “transgenic” animal allowed into our food supply. It's also unlikely that it would have to be labeled, so you might not even know you're eating it.

Also, the FDA is the same agency that's in charge of overseeing the egg industry, and we see how well they've done that job. It's up to us to demand that President Obama direct the FDA on this matter. Take action now.

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