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Genetically Modified Salmon May Soon Be in Stores, Thanks to AquaBounty

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HALIFAX - A U.S. company hoping to produce genetically modified salmon eggs in Canada has also applied to the federal government to sell its fish for human consumption.

AquaBounty included a line about its application in a statement it released last Thursday, but company spokesman Dave Conley declined comment on the application.

"It is our policy not to discuss regulatory applications, just as it is the policy of the relevant government agencies not to discuss applications under review," Conley said in an email.

Health Canada confirmed that the department is reviewing the safety of AquaBounty's genetically modified salmon as a food source.

To date, it said, no genetically modified animal has received approval for human consumption in Canada.

"AquaBounty has made public that they have filed a submission with Health Canada to review the safety of the company's GM salmon as a food source," a department spokesperson said in an email. "That submission is currently being reviewed."

The department couldn't say how long its assessment would take, but added that any decision would be based on "rigorous scientific testing to ensure the health and safety of Canadian consumers."   


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