Canada launches new safety review of AquAdvantage GMO salmon

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CBC News has learned AquaBounty’s genetically modified salmon is going through a new federal risk assessment.

Environment and Climate Change Canada says the risk assessment comes after the company notified Ottawa in July about its plans to build a new egg production and grow-out facility in Rollo Bay West, [Prince Edward Island] P.E.I. Previously the company was producing a limited number of eggs in its facility in Bay Fortune, P.E.I.

AquaBounty Technologies now wants to produce 250 metric tonnes of its AquAdvantage salmon for commercial sale in Canada and export. The company’s salmon grow twice as quickly as conventionally reared Atlantic farmed salmon.

Initially, in May 2017, Environment Canada told CBC News the new project would not require an additional federal environmental assessment, but by July 2017, that position had changed. “Should AquaBounty wish to manufacture or grow out the AquAdvantage salmon at this site, a new notification will be required,” Minister Catherine McKenna wrote.

Related article:  Genetically engineered AquaBounty salmon ready for US market, but caught in Congressional 'sausage grinder'

According to Environment and Climate Change Canada, AquaBounty volunteered to participate in a public engagement process as part of this latest risk assessment. That process accepts scientific input from stakeholders.

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