Environmental Group Says FDA Overstepped It’s Bounds
April 4, 2014
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is facing a lawsuit filed by nearly a dozen fishing and environmental groups that are trying to block the agency’s recent approval of genetically modified salmon.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, seeks to block the FDA’s jurisdiction over a range of new genetically engineered animals under development, including the fast-growing AquAdvantage salmon and hornless dairy cows. The groups accuse the agency in the lawsuit of overstepping its authority in approving the fish, developed by AquaBounty Technologies, Inc. 
The groups say the FDA’s regulation of such technology under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act goes beyond the law’s scope. The agency approved the salmon under provisions covering animal drugs. The 64-page lawsuit argues the agency failed to protect the environment and consult wildlife agencies in its review process, which federal law requires.