Genetically modified fish for sale soon

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There is a fairly good chance that in the next 2-3 years you will be able to buy genetically modified salmon at your local grocery store. The fish is currently being contemplated by the FDA in the U.S. for approval, meaning the governing body believes it is safe for consumption by people. This would be the first genetically modified animal that will be sold as food in North America.

Many people are very much against this because of fears that it is unsafe in the long term. Essentially, they are modified by adding a growth hormone which enables the fish to grow twice as fast. This allows the populations (supply) to be much higher and also reduces the cost. The question will be whether or not this fish will need to be labeled as such or if it will be allowed to be sold without it saying that it has been genetically modified. If it does require a label that says it is a genetically modified fish than the likelihood of it being sold in large quantities is not high.

Luckily for me and many others like me, I am not a sea food lover so I am not too concerned about it. However, this could lead to genetically modified chicken and beef and at that point I will be concerned and demand proof that it is safe in the short and long term.