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GM fish OK'd for sale

NDP health critic Don Davies is questioning a decision by Health Canada, to allow a U.S. company to sell genetically-modified fish to Canadians.

No label is required, according to the government body.

AquaBounty Technologies Inc. is able to produce a farmed fish that grows much faster by taking DNA from a chinook salmon and a sea eel and then merging that with an Atlantic salmon.

"I know that there's health concerns about this fish,” said Davies. “A lot of Canadians are very conscious, and increasingly so, about what they're ingesting."

The B.C. Salmon Farmers Association wonders why there is no labelling requirement.

"We think there's certainly going to be consumer confusion if there's a transgenic fish that's not labelled next to a fish grown in a natural way in an ocean environment,” said Jeremy Dunn, executive director.

The genetically-modified salmon could be available within a year.

–with files from CTV News


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