The Food and Drug Administration may give green signal to the genetically modified salmon for the human consumption.
The FDA officials said that "food from AquAdvantage Salmon is as safe to eat as food from other Atlantic salmon".
AquAdvantage is a type of an Atlantic salmon that has been genetically modified by inserting a gene from an eel-like fish. Through the new gene, the salmons will be able to grow much faster than the usual Atlantic salmon. AquAdvantage also has a growth hormone, which has been taken from a Chinook salmon.
Many salmon-selling companies have said that it is ok to eat the modified salmon and it's also not harmful for the environment.
AquaBounty, based in Massachusetts, was the first company to seek permission from FDA to sell the fish.
AquaBounty also produces other genetically modified animals like trout and tilapia.
AquAdvantage salmon has been studied extensively worldwide. The FDA has for the last 15 years have worked hard in order to come up with stringent regulatory methods to make sure that the genetically altered fishes and other animals are properly examined and regulated.
AquaBounty's President, Ronald L. Stotish said that these GM fishes can be a good source of food for the ever-increasing population.
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