Candice Chandler, Global Animal
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that they will allow the sale of genetically engineered salmon for purchase by consumers. The recent news about this move has given way to a call for labels marking the salmon containers so shoppers will know exactly what they are purchasing.
Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation, and Gary Hirshberg, chairman of Stonyfield Farm created a petition arguing for the mandatory labeling of products that have not been harvested naturally. Since labels are required for wild and farm raised salmon, 90% of Americans agree that genetically enhanced salmon should be as well. FDA policies at present don’t require genetically produced food to be labeled, but with salmon as the first genetically engineered animal for consumption in the U.S., many believe that the policy should be revisited.
With most of the American population in agreement that labeling gene-enhanced salmon is a must, nothing can be done until people make their voice heard. Anyone who buys salmon from grocery stores should know exactly what they are eating, and the FDA should get on board by forcing manufacturers to provide disclaimers.