Costco says no to GMO salmon

Costco says no to GMO salmon
CC BY 2.0 Public Domain

It may be OK with the FDA, but the mega-retailer will be forgoing the newfangled fish.

Take one part Atlantic salmon and add a dash of Chinook salmon DNA and a pinch of ocean pout genes and what do you get? Supersalmon! Also known as AquAdvantage salmon, the quick-growing fish is the first major genetically-modified animal to be approved by the FDA for consumption. The FDA greenlight has come with a lot of debate about GM foods and their labeling (and lack thereof). Opponents of the "frankenfish" express concern that if the beefy salmon escaped into the wild it could spell devastation for natural salmon, among other complaints.

It's only been a few weeks since the FDA approval, but already a number of retailers are saying no thanks. Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Aldi, Target, Kroger, and Safeway have committed to shunning the salmon. And now Costco chimes in on the topic, according to the AP. In a statement, the warehouse club says, “Although the FDA has approved the sale of GM salmon, Costco has not sold and does not intend to sell GM salmon at this time."

Given that Costco purchases a whopping 600,000 pounds of salmon a week, this seems like a significant piscine coup.

To read more about the approval (and a rollicking 225 reader comments on the topic) see: GMO salmon gets final FDA approval.

Via Modern Farmer

Related Content on