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ANIMALS & LABELLING: Norway: Marine Harvest, WWF call for proper GM salmon labelling



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TITLE:   NORWAY: MARINE HARVEST, WWF CALL FOR PROPER GM SALMON LABELLING

SOURCE:  FIS

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URL:     http://www.fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?monthyear=&day=4&id=65135&l=e&special=&ndb=1%20target=

DATE:    09.12.2013

SUMMARY: "Marine Harvest, the world?s largest farmed salmon producer, does not support the introduction of genetically modified salmon and is calling for it to be labelled as GM if approved for the American market.

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NORWAY: MARINE HARVEST, WWF CALL FOR PROPER GM SALMON LABELLING

Marine Harvest, the world?s largest farmed salmon producer, does not support the introduction of genetically modified salmon and is calling for it to be labelled as GM if approved for the American market.

The company recalls that amid the ongoing debate in the US on the introduction of genetically modified transgenic salmon, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received an application for approval of GM salmon for human consumption in the US. And it highlights that if authorization is granted, it will be the first genetically modified animal allowed to be sold to consumers.

 

Marine Harvest Group and WWF-Norway believe that consumers should be able to identify if they are buying a GM-product, something that will be impossible with the existing labelling regime. Therefore, they demand that the GM salmon must be appropriately labelled if it is finally approved for the US 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,? said Kristine Gramstad, Global Director Communications.   

 

The Head of the marine programme at WWF-Norway Karoline Andaur also expressed the environmental conservation group's uneasiness.

?It is critical that salmon farming is produced in a way that minimize the negative impact on the environment. We know too little about the environmental impact of farming of GM salmon,? she said.

?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,? WWF-Norway head added.



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TITLE:   GE SALMON: MISSING PERMITS RAISE STAKES FOR ESCAPE

SOURCE:  eNews Park Forest

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URL:     http://enewspf.com/latest-news/science/science-a-environmental/48107-missing-permits-raise-stakes-for-escape-of-aquabounty-s-genetically-engineered-salmon.html

DATE:    22.11.2013

SUMMARY: "AquaBounty?s experimental production facility of genetically engineered (GE) salmon in Panama is missing multiple legally required permits and inspections, including a wastewater discharge permit, according to an administrative claim filed today in Panama by the environmental group Centro de Incidencia Ambiental de Panama (CIAM)."

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GE SALMON: MISSING PERMITS RAISE STAKES FOR ESCAPE

AquaBounty?s experimental production facility of genetically engineered (GE) salmon in Panama is missing multiple legally required permits and inspections, including a wastewater discharge permit, according to an administrative claim filed today in Panama by the environmental group Centro de Incidencia Ambiental de Panama (CIAM).

Food & Water Watch, Center for Food Safety and Friends of the Earth were part of an international coalition of groups who supported CIAM?s administrative claim by submitting a letter to Panamanian authorities today, which raises serious questions regarding AquaBounty?s ability to comply with basic environmental regulations. 

?These allegations suggest a dangerous pattern of non-compliance and mismanagement by AquaBounty, raising the likelihood of an environmentally damaging escape of these fish,? said George Kimbrell, senior attorney for Center for Food Safety. ?This news further undermines the empty assurances that AquaBounty and the Food and Drug Administration have given the public and suggests that Panama?s environmental laws may have also been broken.?

The FDA is considering commercial approval of AquaBounty?s GE salmon allegedly based on a scenario in which AquaBounty would produce GE salmon eggs at a facility in Prince Edward Island, Canada, which are then shipped to the facility in Panama to be grown to harvest. Fillets would then be shipped to American consumers. However, significant questions about the viability and legality of this plan continue to emerge.

?FDA?s ineffective and inappropriate regulatory regime has reached its logical conclusion, as it appears that AquaBounty is essentially self-regulating in Panama,? according to Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch. ?If and when FDA finally approves GE salmon and new production facilities open up around the world, we expect this scenario to play out again and again.?  

The CIAM complaint comes on the heels of several other reports of major problems at AquaBounty?s Panamanian facility, including the company reporting ?lost? GE salmon, which resulted from the region?s notoriously severe weather. The area around AquaBounty?s facility also experiences routine, destructive flooding.

?Once GE salmon escape, there is no retrieving them,? Dana Perls, food and technology campaigner for Friends of the Earth, stated. ?It?s clear that consumers don?t want GE salmon, so why are we putting wild salmon and the environment at risk??

The international coalition supporting this effort includes seven groups from around the world, including Panama (Centro de Incidencia Ambiental de Panama), Canada (Canadian Biotechnology Action Network), Europe (Food & Water Europe and GeneWatch), and the United States (Center for Food Safety, Food & Water Watch, and Friends of the Earth).