Fast-Growing Salmon Amendment Would Require Labeling 'Frankenfish

A U.S. Senate committee has narrowly agreed to add to a spending bill language requiring that genetically modified salmon be labeled.

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by Associated Press

JUNEAU - A U.S. Senate committee has narrowly agreed to add to a spending bill language requiring that genetically modified salmon be labeled.
   
The amendment was offered during a Senate Appropriations meeting by Sen. Lisa Murkowski. It passed on a 15-14 vote. Sen. Mark Begich also voted in support.
   
Members of Alaska's congressional delegation have opposed any effort by the Food and Drug Administration that would clear the way for the approval of a genetically engineered salmon for human consumption.
   
Murkowski on Thursday said the genetic engineering, which would allow the fish to grow twice as fast as normal, is "messing with Mother Nature in a very serious and big way."
   
If the fish is approved for human consumption, Murkowski says, at a minimum, it should be labeled.