Rep. Young Forwarding Anti Frankenfish Legislation

Congressman Don Young is demanding more government regulation of genetically modified salmon. Young and Congressmen Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Jared Huffman (D-CA) introduced a bill yesterday to ban the sale of G.M. fish unless the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration determine there would be no environmental impact.

Currently, the “Aqua-Bounty” salmon is under the jurisdiction of the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA issued a preliminary finding that the modified salmon, which grow twice as fast as normal fish would be unlikely to harm the environment, even if they escaped.

The bill, which they named the “Prevention of Escapement of Genetically Altered Salmon in the United States” or “PEGASUS Act,”is a companion to legislation sponsored by Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich.

Earlier this year, Young, Thompson, and Huffman co-sponsored a separate bill to require labeling of genetically modified fish. If approved, the Aqua-Bounty salmon would be the first G.M. animal approved for human consumption in the United States.

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