26 Apr '13, 7pm

Gene-Spliced #Salmon, Coming Soon to a Plate Near You? via @OnEarthMag

Anthes, author of the just-published Frankenstein’s Cat: Cuddling up to Biotech’s Brave New Beasts , called the FDA’s extension of the comment period on its environmental assessment (the original deadline was back in February) “just one more delay in a process that’s dragged on far too long.” The tests were in, she suggested, and the diagnosis an obvious one. Couldn’t we please put this poor company out of its misery and give its salmon the green light already? Not so fast. The FDA says the fish is just as safe to eat as conventional salmon -- though you can count me among those who don’t look to that troubled agency (see “The FDA is Out to Lunch ,” Winter 2013) for the last word on food safety. But the potential threats to the oceans are significant, and the FDA doesn’t acknowledge them. More troublingly, the agency seems content to leapfrog over the entire process for de...

Full article: http://www.onearth.org/blog/gene-spliced-salmon-coming-so...

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