Anchorage, AK – In Washington, D.C., U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski presented fresh legislation to authorize genetically engineered salmon labeling, in her lengthy quest to combat “Frankenfish.” The Genetically Engineered Salmon Labeling Act was co-sponsored by U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan, Maria Cantwell and Jeff Merkley.
The Genetically Engineered Salmon Labeling Act necessitates that all genetically modified salmon to be labeled as such, or “GE.” The Bill also calls for the Secretary of Health and Human Services to maintain a third-party independent scientific analysis of the FDA’s eco evaluation for all GE finfish, that encompasses GE salmon, for human consumption.
U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski offered the following statement concerning The Genetically Engineered Salmon Labeling Act, “The primary purpose of this bill is to ensure that consumers have all the facts and can make an informed decision when they are purchasing salmon. There’s a huge difference between ‘Frankenfish’ and the wild, healthy, sustainably-caught, delicious real thing – and I want to make sure folks are aware of that. I will not accept that this ‘fake fish’ will be sold in stores without clear labeling…Additionally, this bill would create a much-needed review of the environmental assessment process within the FDA for the approval of these new species that are being created in labs. The potential for escapement from pens to occur from hatcheries and any facility where fish are grown would decrease the immense value of our fisheries. These ‘Frankenfish’ could wreak havoc upon wild stocks and pose a serious threat to the livelihoods of fishermen everywhere. Americans deserve to know exactly what the effects of these new species will be upon the ecosystem.”
(Source: U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski)