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FDA approves first genetically engineered salmon

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Staff writer ▼ | November 20, 2015
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the first approval for a genetically engineered animal intended for food, AquAdvantage Salmon.
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GMO   AquAdvantage Salmon grows quickly
The agency is also issuing two guidances for manufacturers who wish to voluntarily label their products as containing ingredients from GE or non-GE sources: a draft guidance on labeling foods derived from Atlantic salmon, and a final guidance on foods derived from GE plants.

The FDA has approved AquaBounty Technologies’ application for AquAdvantage Salmon, an Atlantic salmon that reaches market size more quickly than non-GE farm-raised Atlantic salmon.

AquaBounty said two years ago that is expects FDA approval to produce its genetically engineered salmon.

The FDA regulates GE animals under the new animal drug provisions of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, because the recombinant DNA (rDNA) construct introduced into the animal meets the definition of a drug. In this case, the rDNA construct introduces a trait that makes the AquAdvantage Salmon grow faster.