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UPDATE: Broderick to speak on threat of GM fish, Oct. 24

The Canadian Biotechnology Action Network state in a media release, “The White House has confirmed that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has finished an environmental assessment of the genetically modified fast-growing Atlantic salmon called ‘AquaAdvantage’. The assessment is expected to be released to the U.S. public soon, for a 30-day comment period.”

The release highlights, “If the FDA approves the GM Atlantic salmon for human consumption, it will do so based on the company’s specific plan to produce the GM fish eggs in PEI.”

CBAN coordinator Lucy Sharratt says, “Canada’s decision on GM salmon eggs is critical to the future of Atlantic salmon around the world, but Environment Canada remains silent on the risks and any review they might be conducting. Meanwhile, AquaBounty has assumed it will get approval to produce its GM salmon eggs in PEI.”

In response, CBAN is organizing a public event in Charlottetown on October 24. That public forum features:
– Leo Broderick, the Council of Canadians
– Lucy Sharratt, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network
– Eric Hoffman, Friends of the Earth US
– Jaydee Hansen, Center for Food Safety

Other events will be held in:
– Fredericton, October 25
– Halifax, October 26
– St. John’s, October 27.

For more details, please see http://www.cban.ca/events.

For Council of Canadians blog, enter ‘AquaBounty’ in the search function at http://canadians.org/blog/.