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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering whether to allow a genetically engineered Atlantic salmon to be the first such animal sold as food. The subject has controversy surrounding it, which is not a big surprise!

The genetically engineered (genetically modified) fish is made by Aqua Bounty Technologies Inc., which is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Much controversy surrounds the announcement, which (as stated before) comes as little surprise when the subject of genetically engineering is being discussed.

A coalition of consumer, animal welfare, and environmental groups issued the following press release: "Coalition Demands FDA Deny Approval of First Genetically Engineered Food Animal" on the Center for Food Safety Web site.

The press release states, in part: 'Each year millions of farmed salmon escape from open-water net pens, outcompeting wild populations for resources and straining ecosystems.'

Marianne Cufone, director of Food and Water Watch's fish program, states within the article, 'We believe any approval of GE salmon would represent a serious threat to the survival of native salmon populations, many of which have already suffered severe declines related to salmon farms and other man-made impacts.'

The press release makes further claims against Aqua Bounty and the genetically engineered Atlantic salmon.

Page two talks about the Aqua Bounty response to this press release.




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William Atkins completed educational degrees in science (bachelor’s in physics and mathematics) from Illinois State University (Normal, United States) and business (master’s in entrepreneurship and bachelor’s in industrial relations) from Western Illinois University