Costco refuses to sell GMO salmon

Costco refuses to sell GMO salmon

GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism and is defined as “an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques.” The technique used to create GMOs is called recombinant DNA.

DNA molecules from different organisms are combined to create one molecule of DNA, and are then transferred to an organism, causing its genetic makeup to change. GMOs have been linked to serious health conditions, including negative reproductive system effects, food allergies, and possibly even cancer.

There are GMOs lurking in many products, so it is important to go organic whenever possible to avoid consuming them. Recently, a statement was released showing that the FDA has approved GMO salmon. The salmon approved is from the company AquAdvantage Salmon.

As written in the FDA statement:

The FDA scientists rigorously evaluated extensive data submitted by the manufacturer, AquaBounty Technologies, and other peer-reviewed data, to assess whether AquAdvantage salmon met the criteria for approval established by law; namely, safety and effectiveness. The data demonstrated that the inserted genes remained stable over several generations of fish, that food from the GE salmon is safe to eat by humans and animals, that the genetic engineering is safe for the fish, and the salmon meets the sponsor’s claim about faster growth.”

Because of the approval from the FDA, the salmon will not be required to be labeled as genetically modified.

Some big companies are taking a stand however, as Costco refuses to sell GMO salmon. In a recent statement, Costco said that they have never sold nor do they intend to sell GMO salmon.

Costco joins retailers such as Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and Safeway in the decision to forego the genetically modified product.

Salmon is too important for our diets, economy, and cultural heritage to accept anything made in a lab—we want the real deal and applaud Costco for ensuring its customers that’s what they’ll get when they shop there,” Heather Day, executive director of Seattle-based Community Alliance for Global Justice.

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