Just Label It Commends Senate Appropriations Committee for Passing GE Salmon Labeling Amendment
Washington, D.C. (June 21st, 2013) – Just Label It applauds the Senate Appropriations Committee for yesterday’s passing of an amendment to label genetically engineered salmon, which was offered by Senator Murkowski (R-AK) and added to a spending bill language. The amendment passed through the Committee by a narrow margin of 15 to 14, and would provide at least $150,000 for labeling.
“American’s deserve the right to know more, not less, about the food they eat and feed their families,” said Scott Faber, Executive Director of Just Label It. Aquabounty’s “AquAdvantage” GE salmon is the first genetically engineered animal intended for human consumption, and produces growth hormones year-round to make the fish grow at twice its natural rate. More than 50,000 Just Label It supporters added comments to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s open comment period this spring asking for proper review and labels for GE salmon.
Despite this new techonology, there have been no long-term studies on the safety of eating GE salmon, nor has the environmental or economic impact of this salmon been adequately evaluated. Polls show that more than 90% of American consumers want to know about the food they’re eating, a right held by citizens in 64 countries around the world that already require mandatory labeling of GE foods.