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Major grocery stores and restaurants say “no” to GMO salmon
Despite FDA’s irresponsible approval of GMO salmon, nearly 80 grocery retailers with more than 11,000 stores have now made commitments to not sell the GMO salmon, including Albertsons, Safeway, Costco, Kroger, Target, Trader Joe’s, Aldi and Whole Foods, along with restaurant chains including Red Lobster and Legal Sea Foods.
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.
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 and robust scientific studies suggesting environmental and health risks, the FDA approved the GMO salmon. This is the first genetically engineered animal in the U.S. food supply and the FDA has said it will require it to 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. Learn more about the risks to health, the environment and the fish industry posed by genetically engineered salmon here.
Nearly 80 major food retailers with more than 11,000 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.