GMO, short for genetically modified organism or genetically engineered, is a term used to describe a living organism (plants, bacteria, animals, etc) whose DNA has been genetically modified in a way that does not normally occur in nature. The modification of an organism requires a gene to be either replicated or transferred into another organism. The process of gene alteration requires skilled technicians, genetic engineers, and advanced technology.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an article called, “Regulation of Genetically Engineered Animals” in July 2010, which can be read HERE. This article is written in a positive tone for the genetically engineered animals. It outlines what the actual process and the benefits for the genetically modified animals. It also states that the FDA carefully regulates these GE animals and that they have to approve first before the product is out to the public. Something that has been a hot topic just dated few months ago is the question of allowing consumption of AquAdvantage Salmon which is another name for genetically modified Atlantic salmon. The FDA is reviewing an application of allowing or rejecting the genetically modified salmon for public consumption also known as AquAdvantage (AA) Salmon. The itinerary of what the FDA will be covering can be found HERE. On the day of the public meeting held on September 20, 2010, FDA addressing the controversy established a briefing of explaining their reasons to why these genetically engineered salmon, AquAdvantage salmon, is safe and even the Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee (VMAC) had approved their application. This briefing can be read HERE (pdf file). The packet includes complicated scientific processes displaying statistical analysis in tables and graphs and biological terminology for average readers. It is stated within the paper that the FDA approves these GE salmon and that it is safe for consumption. The purpose of this briefing is to let the public know that it is safe and that you won’t even know the difference between GE salmon versus the Atlantic salmon.

 

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