Native American tribe joins lawsuit challenging FDA approval of GMO salmon

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A Native American tribe in Washington state has joined a lawsuit challenging the federal government’s approval of an Atlantic salmon genetically modified to grow faster.

The Quinault Indian Nation on [July 15]  joined the lawsuit that 11 other fishing and environmental groups filed against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and others in late March.

The lawsuit alleges the FDA didn’t fully analyze potential environmental effects before approving the faster-growing salmon for human consumption in November.


The tribe says it is worried the genetically modified salmon can escape and harm wild salmon runs, despite assurances from the company, AquaBounty Technologies.

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“Although there are obvious risks to our salmon, the Food and Drug Administration surged forward with its approval,” tribal chairwoman Fawn Sharp said in a statement. Other plaintiffs include the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, Center for Biological Diversity, Food and Water Watch and Center for Food Safety.

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