AquaBounty is planning to preemptively label its genetically modified salmon in the United States in 2020, a company spokesperson told SeafoodSource soon after Canadian seafood industry executives and NGOs spoke out against the fish.
While Dave Conley, spokesperson for Maynard, Massachusetts-based AquaBounty, previously told SeafoodSource that the suppler is considering labeling its GM salmon in Canada, this is the first time the supplier has revealed its plans for labeling the salmon in the U.S.
“We are committed to transparency and are proud of the product we produce using biotechnology. Therefore, we plan to pre-emptively label in 2020, in advance of the USDA …. requirements to label in 2022, using the bioengineered foods symbol developed by USDA,” Conley told SeafoodSource.
AquaBounty is “still considering” what it will do in terms of labeling its product in Canada, according to Conley. “As in the U.S., we will be conducting consumer research to determine how best to communicate the benefits of our product,” Conley said.
Labeling AquAdvantage salmon is the “minimal action” AquaBounty should take to give consumers the choice of consuming GM salmon or not, Frantz Perrot, quality control manager for Lagoon Seafood in Montreal, a major wholesaler to grocery chains such as Metro and Sobey’s, told SeafoodSource ….
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