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AquaBounty has been working on approval for the genetically-modified fish for 20 years

CBC News Posted: Nov 19, 2015 11:27 AM ATLast Updated: Nov 20, 2015 3:25 PM AT

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 AquaBounty’s salmon are genetically modified to grow twice as fast as regular salmon. (AquaBounty Technologies)

Genetically-modified salmon approved by FDA 2:25

A genetically modified salmon that grows at twice the rate of regular salmon has been approved as food by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The eggs for the salmon are raised in a facility in the eastern P.E.I. community of Bay Fortune and exported to Panama, where they’re grown in above-ground tanks.

This is the first genetically modified food animal approved for sale in the world.

“The FDA has thoroughly analyzed and evaluated the data and information submitted by AquaBounty Technologies regarding AquAdvantage Salmon and determined that they have met the regulatory requirements for approval, including that food from the fish is safe to eat,” said Bernadette Dunham, director of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, in a news release.

The Massachusetts-based company AquaBounty Technologies first sought approval for its salmon 20 years ago.

In a news release, the company’s CEO Ron Stotish called the product, AquAdvantage Salmon a “game-changer.”

 

 

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