'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.  

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.

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

Vladislav January 14, 2013 at 04:07 PM
Ow… wow… we can’t build anything as complex as a bacteria or even a virus. But we have audacity to modify organisms million times more complex… and eat it… Come on… do you really think, you can improve upon somebody else’s design without a cost? I would not be comfortable eating genetically modified anything.
Madzi January 14, 2013 at 10:34 PM
Absolutely NO.
Myrna January 15, 2013 at 07:32 PM
No, I wouldn't knowingly eat a genetically modified fish- even if it is cheaper than natural fish. .And I'm not happy with farmed salmon, which is naturally gray and given something to make ithe flesh appear orange- the color we associate with this fish.. But I am outraged that the government is resisting marking genetically modified food as such, so that consumers have the choice whether they want to eat it. In Europe, gentically modified is clearly marked; but in the US, lobbyists have ensured that business interests are considered ahead of the consumer. I think genetically modified should be clearly identified wherever this fish is sold. And also marked on the menu when it is served in a restaurant.


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