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Nov 24, 2016
Canadian court rejects environmental group’s appeal in AquaBounty lawsuitTo celebrate the anniversary of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of our AquAdvantage Salmon for commercial production and consumption, we are posting a series of articles that have appeared over the past year and prior. The following article by Jason Smith appeared in Undercurrent News.
A Canadian federal appeals court has ruled in favor of genetically-engineered salmon producer AquaBounty Technologies, dismissing an environmental group's lawsuit. On Oct. 21 Canada's Federal Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal brought by the group Ecojustice on behalf of the Ecology Action Centre and Living Oceans Society against Canada's Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. AquaBounty was also named in that suit, the firm said in a release. "We welcome the decision made by the court of appeal," AquaBounty CEO Ron Stotish said. "We thank the ministries of Canada who were extraordinarily thorough and transparent in the review and approval of AquaBounty's applications. Their decisions have now been convincingly reaffirmed in Canada's courts." The suit had challenged the government's grant of permission to AquaBounty to allow production of its AquAdvantage salmon for commercial use at a Prince Edward Island plant. Read the article.