As AquAdvantage salmon heads for US, Sen. Lisa Murkowski vows continued GMO labeling fight

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Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski (left) says USDA's bioengineered labels aren't clear enough for GMO salmon.

More than three years after FDA approved genetically engineered salmon as safe for human consumption, it looks like the product might be headed to market….FDA announced it’s dropping an import alert that had banned GE salmon and salmon eggs from entering the U.S. since 2016.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who backed a spending bill provision blocking the fish from entering commerce until FDA finalized labeling guidelines to inform consumers the product was genetically modified, slammed the agency’s decision as “wrong-headed.”

“I am not going to back down….” Murkowski said in a statement. “USDA’s new guidelines don’t require adequate mandatory labeling and don’t suffice as giving consumers clear information.”

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….The [FDA] determined it did not need to finalize those labeling guidelines because the 2016 law, S. 764 (114), requiring disclosure of genetically engineered ingredients nationwide applies to salmon, essentially taking the product out of FDA’s purview….Without additional interruptions, the salmon could be on the market as early as 2020.

Read full, original article: Morning Agriculture (behind paywall)

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