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FDA Approves Consumption of Genetically Modified Salmon

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that it has approved human consumption of genetically modified salmon in the U.S.

The FDA announced that "food from AquAdvantage Salmon is as safe to eat and as nutritious as food from other non-GE Atlantic salmon and that there are no biologically relevant differences in the nutritional profile of AquAdvantage Salmon compared to that of other farm-raised Atlantic salmon."

AquAdvantage Salmon grows twice as fast as farm-raised Atlantic salmon and therefore reaches market size much faster.

Genetically modified food is hot button issue for many groups, and some are calling for shoppers to boycott buying the fish.

"The only line of defense is the parent who gets informed and chooses not to buy GMO toxic food and feed it to their children," Moms Across America founder Zen Honeycutt said in a statement. "Moms buy 85% of the food. If we don't buy it they can't sell it, regardless of the corrupt lawmaking. Moms Across America calls on all consumers to boycott GMO Salmon."

The FDA is also releasing draft guidance on rules for labeling products made with genetically engineered or modified ingredients.

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