The Food and Drug Administration said today it will allow genetically modified salmon to be imported into the United States.
The salmon, which has been called “Frankenfish” by critics, is the creation of the Massachusetts-based biotech company AquaBounty Technologies.
The fish are genetically modified because scientists combine a growth hormone-regulating gene from Pacific Chinook salmon, with another gene from ocean pout, an eel-like animal, so that it could grow genetically modified Atlantic salmon all year long instead of the just the traditional growing season during the spring and summer.
In a statement to Fox News, AquaBounty said if everything goes as planned, its first salmon harvest will be Fall of 2020.
350,000 tons of Atlantic salmon are eaten each year in the United States with more than 95% of it imported. .
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