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Kroger and Safeway say "no" to GMO salmon
Kroger and Safeway, the two largest conventional grocery store chains in the U.S., have made commitments to not sell genetically engineered salmon. These stores join other leading supermarket chains -- now totaling over 9,000 stores nationwide -- that have already rejected the GMO salmon under review by the FDA.
Read our news release on Kroger and Safeway's decisions to not sell GMO salmon.
Do you want to eat genetically engineered salmon?
Three quarters of Americans surveyed in a New York Times poll said they would not eat genetically engineered fish, and 93 percent wanted GMO foods to be labeled. Polls show that 80 percent of Americans who regularly eat fish say sustainable practices are "important" or "very important" to them.
Consumers: Take action to keep genetically engineered salmon out of your local stores.
1. Tell Costco you don't want GMO salmon or seafood.
2. Take action in your community: Download the Campaign for GE-Free Seafood Action Kit.
Nearly 2 million people -- including scientists, fishermen, business owners and consumers -- have written to the FDA in opposition to the approval of genetically engineered salmon and in response to AquaBounty's revised draft environmental assessment in 2013. Despite this outcry, the FDA is still considering the GMO salmon's approval. If allowed, this would be the first genetically engineered animal in the U.S. food supply, and the FDA said it will probably not be labeled, leaving consumers in the dark about what we are eating.
At least 35 species of genetically engineered fish are in development and the approval of genetically engineered salmon will set a precedent that could open the floodgates for other genetically engineered animals (including cows, chickens and pigs) to enter our food system.
To avoid confusion in the marketplace, and ensure the consumer’s right to know, we are asking grocery stores, seafood restaurants, chefs and seafood companies to demonstrate their commitment to sustainably produced seafood and consumer choice by joining our Pledge for GE-Free Seafood, a commitment to not knowingly purchase or sell genetically engineered salmon or other genetically engineered seafood should it come to market. Lean more about the risks to health, the environment and the fish industry posed by genetically engineered salmon here.
Nearly 60 major food retailers with more than 9,000 stores nationwide have already taken the Pledge for GE-Free Seafood or otherwise committed to not purchase or sell genetically engineered salmon, or any products containing genetically engineered salmon or seafood.
Note: The below chart will be updated soon to reflect Kroger and Safeway's commitments.
Resources and press releases:
Kroger, Safeway join trend away from GMO foods, March 3, 2014
Top grocery stores: We won't sell genetically engineered seafood, March 20, 2013