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Governor Parnell Criticizes Genetically Engineered Salmon

December 15, 2011, Anchorage, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell again expressed his strong concerns regarding AquaBounty’s application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market genetically engineered salmon. This fish would be the first food from a transgenic animal application approved by the FDA.

The U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard held a hearing today on the environmental risks of genetically engineered fish. In a letter to the chairman and ranking member of the subcommittee, the governor outlined numerous potential threats genetically engineered seafood pose.

“Due to the significant potential threats genetically engineered salmon pose to the environment, consumer health, and the wild seafood industry, we have urged the United States Food and Drug Administration to withhold approval of this application,” Governor Parnell wrote. “Furthermore, we question whether the application has received sufficient scientific and public scrutiny, and are troubled by the lack of transparency that has marked the review process.”

Governor Parnell’s letter will be included in the official record for the hearing.

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