May 25, 2016
Health authorities in Canada have approved the sale of GMO salmon that grow three times faster than natural fish, making it the first genetically altered animal to be allowed for consumption in the country. RT America’s Alex Mihailovich joins Lindsay France to discuss.
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.
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March 15, 2016
This week on #GoodNewsNextWeek: Unilever settles Indian compensation case after viral video success; Newly discovered bacteria can eat the most common type of plastic; and Oregon’s labeling law the latest in ongoing GM salmon saga.
Story #1: Unilever to Pay Ex-Workers Compensation After Viral Video Success
NWNW Flashback: Indian Rapper ‘Overwhelmed’ by Success of Protest Song Against Unilever (Aug 2015)
Story #2: Newly Discovered Bacteria Can Eat Plastic
“A bacterium that degrades and assimilates poly(ethylene terephthalate)”
Story #3: Oregon Passes Mandatory GMO Labeling Bill for Transgenic Salmon 🍣🐟
The Status of Genetically Modified Salmon
#GoodNewsNextWeek Headlines: Big Pharma Frightened After New Study Shows Cannabis is a Highly Effective Antidepressant 🌴💊
Bill Passes to Allow Medical Marijuana Oil in Virginia
Another #GoodNewsNextWeek Miracle! 🌴 Taxes Generated By Colorado’s $1 Billion Pot Industry Keeping Some Towns Solvent
The Paralysed Man Who Can Ride a Bike
January 31, 2016
Months after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the nation’s first genetically modified (GM) salmon for human consumption, the agency has issued a ban on the import and sale of the fish until health regulators can publish guidelines for how it should be labeled. 
The federal spending bill recently passed by Congress allows the agency to allocate at least $150,000 of its funding towards developing and implementing a directive to “disclose to consumers whether salmon [is] genetically engineered.”
AquAdvantage salmon, produced by Massachusetts-based AquaBounty, was approved by the FDA in November. The fish contains a growth hormone from a Chinook salmon and a gene from the ocean pout – the combination of the two helps the salmon grow large enough for consumption in 18 months, rather than the typical 3 years.
The FDA said it would only require labeling of the AquAdvantage salmon if “there is a material difference – such as a different nutritional profile” between the GM fish and its organic counterpart. The agency claims it found no difference.
But Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) pushed for verbiage in the spending bill, requiring the FDA to keep the salmon off the U.S. market until regulators finalized guidelines. The agency said it intends to fully comply with the bill’s guidance. 
“This is a huge step in our fight against ‘Frankenfish,’” Murkowski said in a statement Friday. “I firmly believe that mandatory labeling guidelines must be put in place as soon as possible so consumers know what it is they are purchasing. It seems that the FDA has begun to listen, and I hope this is a sign that the agency plans to develop these necessary guidelines.” 
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January 15, 2016
The Obama administration has chosen Dr. Robert Califf as the next commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but at least one Senator stands in the way of the candidate’s approval by the Senate. Why? Because the ‘FDA approved the recent genetically engineered salmon days after Califf was questioned on the topic.’
Dr. Califf’s appointment has been a contentious one, especially when you consider that in 2014 alone, he collected more than $100,000 in fees from Big Pharma. He’s had financial ties to Merck, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly, and Novartis, just to name a few, and he’s even helped to launch at least two other pharmaceutical companies. Califf also had a job at Duke University working with drug companies and the FDA to speed new meds through the approvals process.
Dr. Califf’s appointment was approved by by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee last Tuesday, but Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska is threatening to block Califf’s candidacy over the FDA’s approval of genetically engineered salmon.
The FDA approved the GM fish even though more than 2 million people commented during the ‘open comment’ period on its website. They also will not require AquaBounty, the company responsible for bringing GM fish to market, to label it as such, so consumers wouldn’t even know when they are eating it. Like many Americans, Murkowski is appalled that the GM fish was ever approved by the FDA.
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