Crop Biotech Update

Canada Approves Commercial Scale Production of GM Salmon Eggs

December 4, 2013

Canada has approved the commercial production of genetically engineered salmon (AquAdvantage® salmon) eggs. This is the first time that any government has allowed commerical scale production of GE animal for food. According to Environment Canada officials, strict measures are in place to prevent the release of the GE fish into the food chain. In the event of an escape, there would be no immediate sale or consumption of GE salmon eggs in Canada.

The GE salmon was developed by AquaBounty Technologies Inc. It splices growth genes from a Chinook salmon and a seal eel onto an Atlantic salmon which enables the fish to grow twice as fast as a regular fish.

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