Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, has introduced new legislation mandating that genetically engineered salmon be so labeled.
The Genetically Engineered Salmon Labeling Act would also require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to ensure a third-party independent scientific review of the Food and Drug Administration’s environmental assessment for all genetically engineered finfish, including salmon, for human consumption.
Murkowski said the main purpose of the legislation is to ensure that consumers have all the facts and can make an informed decision when purchasing salmon.
“There’s a huge difference between ‘Frankenfish’ and the wild, healthy, sustainably-caught, delicious real thing – and I want to make sure folks are aware of that,” Murkowski said. I will not accept that this ‘fake fish’ will be sold in stores without clear labeling,” she said.
“These ‘Frankenfish’ could wreak havoc upon wild stocks and pose a serious threat to the livelihoods of fishermen everywhere,” she said.
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