Rep. Young Introduces Ban On Frankenfish
Washington, D.C. - Congressman for All Alaska Don Young introduced two pieces of legislation today: H.R. 520 which would require the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) fish, and H.R. 521 which would outright ban genetically-engineered fish. This legislation comes in response to a proposal by AquaBounty Technologies, currently under consideration by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA):
"Frankenfish are uncertain and unnecessary," said Rep. Young. "The assessments of these 'fish' are flawed at best and the threat to the population of our wild salmon stock is unacceptable. Additionally, consumers have the right to know that they are eating a supposedly sterile fish spliced with the growth hormone of a Chinook and the genetic code of an ocean pout. We cannot allow these alien fish to infect our stocks and I will put forth every effort to ensure they stay in the labs where they belong. I choose Alaskan wild salmon every time."