December 6, 2013
Marine Harvest, WWF-Norway urge for genetically modified salmon labelling
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received an application for approval of genetically modified (GM) salmon for human consumption in the country and if approved, will be the first GM animal allowed sold to consumers.
With the existing labelling regime, it will be impossible for the consumers to know whether the salmon they are buying is genetically modified. Marine Harvest Group and WWF-Norway believe that consumers should be able to identify if they are buying a GM-product, and therefore demand that the GM salmon is labelled if approved for the American market.
"Salmon is established as a healthy, safe and tasty product. A possible introduction of GM salmon is controversial and might weaken the salmon brand. Marine Harvest does not support the introduction of GM salmon. If the GM salmon is to be approved for consumption, Marine Harvest asks for it to be specifically labelled," says Kristine Gramstad, Global Director Communications.
"It is critical that salmon farming is produced in a way that minimise the negative impact on the environment. We know too little about the environmental impact of farming of GM salmon. ASC (Aquaculture Stewardship Council) is a certification programme for responsible aquaculture and is the most comprehensive environmental standard that exists for farmed fish. GM salmon cannot be ASC-certified, as transgenic fish are not permitted because of concerns about their unknown impact on wild," says the Head of the marine programme at WWF - Norway Karoline Andaur.