Federal health regulators say a genetically engineered salmon that grows twice as fast as normal is unlikely to harm the environment, clearing the way for the first approval of a genetically engineered animal for human consumption. The "AquAdvantage Salmon" includes a gene from the Chinook salmon, allowing it to grow to market size in half the time of conventional salmon.
The Food and Drug Administration on Friday released its environmental assessment of the AquaAdvantage salmon, which has been subject to a years-long debate at the agency. The document concludes that the fish "will not have any significant impacts on the quality of the human environment of the United States." Regulators also said that the fish is unlikely to harm populations of natural salmon.