GM salmon production shut down in Canada

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The company AquaBounty will stop producing its genetically modified salmon in Canada. Read and share today’s press release.

“This is a huge victory for everyone in PEI and across Canada who protested against this dangerous technology,” said Sharon Labchuk of the coalition GMO Free PEI, a CBAN member group. The coalition has actively opposed the genetically modified (GM) salmon for twenty years.

After raising only two “cohorts” of genetically modified salmon at the world’s first purpose-built GM fish factory in Rollo Bay, PEI, the company AquaBounty says it will stop producing GM salmon at that location. Construction of the facility was only finished in 2019.

This genetically modified salmon is the world’s first GM food animal.

While production is now shut in Canada, AquaBounty will continue to raise GM salmon in Indiana, US. AquaBounty will also continue to produce GM salmon eggs in PEI, to send to Indiana.

Some GM salmon may still be sold in Canada, without GM labels for consumers. Click here for the consumer guide: How to Avoid GM Salmon.

Last year, the Ontario/Quebec grocery chain Metro pledged to keep GM salmon out of stores until at least 2026. Your actions work: Write to your grocery store and ask for their pledge. Click here for grocery chain contacts.

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