[Alaskan] legislators have under consideration House Joint Resolution 12, urging [the US] Congress to enact legislation to require prominent labeling of genetically engineered products with the words “genetically modified” on packaging of the product.
HJR 12, sponsored by Rep. Geran Tarr, D-Anchorage, is currently before the House Special Committee on Fisheries.
United Fishermen of Alaska also supports HJR 12.
In a letter to the House Special Committee on Fisheries, UFA President Jerry McCune, and Mark Vinsel, executive administrator, said that UFA is on record with the FDA in opposition to approval of genetically modified salmon for production and consumption in the U.S. and that UFA has strongly requested that FDA regulations require that any genetically modified salmon or other seafood products be clearly labeled as such.
“We are very concerned that if genetically modified salmon is allowed to be sold in the U.S. at all, or not labeled clearly, Alaska fishermen and coastal communities will suffer job losses and economic hardship due to consumer confusion about the wholesomeness of salmon in general,” they said.
UFA is an umbrella organization representing 34 Alaska commercial fishing organizations and hundreds of individual fishermen and related businesses.
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