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Young Says No to “Frankenfish”

Washington, DC - Congressman for All Alaska Don Young introduced two bills in response to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)'s hearings on the genetically-engineered (GE) "AquaAdvantage" salmon by AquaBounty Technologies.  H.R. 6264 would require that any GE fish approved and marketed in the United States carry a label clearly denoting its modification.  H.R. 6265 would prevent the FDA from approving any GE fish as safe for human consumption.

"There are serious health and environmental impacts that a genetically-modified fish could create," said Rep. Young.  "The FDA is treating this hearing process as an animal drug issue, which means it will not adequately address how this product will affect humans when consumed or how it might affect wild fish stocks if accidentally exposed.

"If this modified salmon is declared safe for consumption, it's crucial that we are given the opportunity to make an educated choice about whether or not to purchase it.  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.  I choose Alaskan wild salmon every time."

More information on this legislation may be found at http://thomas.loc.gov.

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