Food safety advocates are urging that Costco not sell genetically modified salmon if it is approved.
Friends of the Earth, which is spearheading the anti-engineered salmon campaign with Community Alliance for Global Justice and Food and Water Watch, delivered a petition with 50,0000 signatures to Costco Wholesale, a Washington-based discount grocer.
Though the retailer has said it has not sold any GMO salmon and at this time has no plans to do so in the future, Friends of the Earth said it has yet to release an official company policy.
Stores including Target, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Safeway and Kroger have agreed not to sell genetically modified fish. Whole Foods has its commitment a step further with plans to label all food products in its U.S. and Canadian stores to indicate whether they contain Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) by 2018.
The Food and Drug Administration has determined that AquAdvantage Salmon, an Atlantic salmon developed by the Maryland-based AquaBounty Technologies, Inc., is as safe to eat as farmed, conventionally bred Atlantic salmon, but has not issued a final approval for sale.
AquAdvantage salmon is genetically engineered to grow more quickly than its conventional counterpart.
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