U.S. Congress Votes to Block GM Salmon

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P.E.I. — The U.S. Congress has blocked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from approving the sale of genetically modified salmon for human consumption.

The modified salmon that grows twice as fast as regular salmon, and is produced by Aqua Bounty Technologies, has been a hotly debated subject since the Food and Drug Administration declared the P.E.I.-reared fish safe for consumption last year.

The 15-year process to approve salmon for sale as food in the U.S., was halted by 10 members of the House of Representatives who placed an amendment in a draft bill that would stop the review by the Food and Drug Administration. “This is really more of a public relations ploy and an attempt to generate negative publicity,” Ron Stotish, Aqua Bounty CEO told the CBC.

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