AquaBounty is planning to preemptively label its genetically modified salmon in the United States in 2020, a company spokesperson told SeafoodSource soon after Canadian seafood industry executives and NGOs spoke out against the fish.
At the Canadian Seafood Show in Montreal, Quebec, in September, a panel of seafood industry executives and environmental groups said that they do not plan to sell or support AquaBounty’s AquAdvantage salmon in Canada.
While Dave Conley, spokesperson for Maynard, Massachusetts-based AquaBounty, previously told SeafoodSource that the suppler is considering labeling its GM salmon in Canada, this is the first time the supplier has revealed its plans for labeling the salmon in the U.S.
“We are committed to transparency and are proud of the product we produce using biotechnology. Therefore, we plan to pre-emptively label in 2020, in advance of the USDA [United States Department of Agriculture] requirements to label in 2022, using the bioengineered foods symbol developed by USDA,” Conley told SeafoodSource.
AquaBounty is “conducting consumer research to determine how best to communicate the benefits of our product and where/how it is raised so we may augment our label based on the learning from the research,” Conley said. “We will also be working closely with customers to insure we provide them with the information they require for their consumers.” Read the article.