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After Spearheading Effort, Begich Pleased About Extended Comment Period for ‘Frankenfish’


Recently Reintroduced Bill to Ban Frankenfish, Led Bipartisan Letter to Extend Comment Period

As a direct result of a request spearheaded by U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, Alaskans will now have more time to weigh in to stop Frankenfish – or genetically engineered (GE) – salmon from getting in our waters. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that they will extend the comment period for 60 days to allow more time to comment on a draft environmental assessment (EA) and a finding of “no significant impact” on a proposal by AquaBounty Technologies supporting GE salmon.

“I’m pleased the FDA heard our message loud and clear because Alaskans need this time to speak out against fake fish - both in our waters and on our dinner plates,” said Begich.  “Allowing questionable science to ultimately influence our food supply is a slippery slope that Alaskans don’t want to go down. I hope Alaskans take the time to submit their comment to the FDA and let them know we won’t tolerate science projects messing with our wild salmon supply.”

Recently, Begich lead a bipartisan effort of seven senators asking the FDA for more time to weigh in on a decision that could result in the nation’s first genetically engineered animal product winding up on consumers’ plates. The full text of the letter is attached.

Begich recently introduced two bills to halt the production of GE Salmon. He has been leading the fight in the U.S. Senate against GE salmon, citing serious concerns about the potential impacts of the release of GE salmon into the wild, whether by accident or negligence, as has been the history of other invasive species.

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