The US food and drug administration (FDA) released a draft environmental assessment approving the use of genetically engineered salmon and that it allegedly posed no risk to the environment.
Conservative groups including Earth Justice filed a petition in May of 2011 criticizing the introduction of GE Salmon into the natural environment. The petition can be accessed here.
The GE salmon is the first genetically engineered fish intended for human consumption and has been genetically engineered to grow twice as fast as normal salmon.
“FDA’s narrow analysis fails to seriously consider the risks these genetically engineered fish could pose to our natural environment,” said Earthjustice attorney Khushi Desai. “If these fish mix with wild salmon, the ecological harm could be devastating.”