Genetically modified salmon approved for sale as food in Canada

Health Canada, CFIA say they’ve completed thorough and rigorous scientific reviews

The first genetically modified food animal has been approved for sale in Canada.

At a news conference in Ottawa on Thursday, Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced AquaBounty’s genetically modified salmon has been approved for sale as food in Canada. AquaBounty said it will be at least a year before the salmon will be available in stores.

A final round of thorough and rigorous Canadian scientific reviews found that AquAdvantage Salmon is as safe and nutritious as conventional salmon, according to technical briefing documents provided by Health Canada.

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