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Originally Posted: April 18, 2013
FDA has not fully considered the risks posed by GE salmon. What’s more, other companies claim to be able to produce salmon who grow just as fast without the risks of genetic engineering, which is an experimental science[SL1].
Please voice your concerns about GE fish! Let FDA know that approval of GE salmon puts animals, humans, and the environment at risk unnecessarily. Comments must be made directly to the FDA via the Federal Register.
Follow this link http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=FDA-2011-N-0899-0002 and enter the required fields.
While it is always more valuable to personalize your message, you may copy and paste any of the sample text below into the “Comments” section. When you are finished, click “Submit Comments” to tell the FDA what you think about GE salmon.
Comments due 11:59 p.m. April 26, 2013
And/or better yet, make direct contact:
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U.S. Food and Drug Administration
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SAMPLE COMMENTS (please express your own opinions)
The GE salmon application should be rejected. I’m dissatisfied with FDA’s consideration of animal health, consumer safety, and environmental risks and feel there are significant gaps in FDA’s environmental assessment and 2010 health and safety assessments.
Much of the information on the health of GE salmon comes from examining just 12 fish over 2 weeks, with unhealthy fish excluded from the study. We do not know how many sick fish were killed as part of extensive culling practices, how frequently antibiotics were administered, or the effects of the genetic modification throughout the fish’s lifespan. There is evidence, however, that GE salmon are frequently deformed, are more likely to suffer from jaw erosions, inflammation, and lesions, and are more susceptible to disease. We also know that GE salmon are raised on aquaculture farms in crowded, unsanitary conditions.
This raises serious concerns about animal health and food safety, as well as FDA’s ability to evaluate environmental impacts if the fish escape. This is not sound science, and even FDA admitted in 2010 that it was not possible to make any strong conclusions from such studies.
Officials at NOAA and FWS have not fully supported the decision to approve GE salmon, raising questions about FDA’s judgment. Concerns have been raised that AquaBounty’s methods to make GE fish sterile are not foolproof. FDA also admits that raising GE salmon in other locations or under other production methods could be risky for the environment and endangered wild salmon. Yet AquaBounty announced its intent to raise GE salmon in farms across the world if they receive this approval, and FDA may not have oversight.
It makes no sense to approve GE salmon, and take on all the risks involved, when other companies claim to produce salmon who grow just as fast without genetic engineering. Producing GE fish puts consumers, the environment, and the animals at risk unnecessarily, and they should not be approved for sale.
Thank you for everything you do for animals!
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